Wednesday, 22 December 2004


Michael Jennings has further thoughts on the Millau Viaduct and bridge design more generally, in response to this thread at Brian Micklethwait’s Culture Blog.

Cable-stayed designs are definitely in vogue on this side of the Atlantic; recent examples include the asymmetric Leonard Zakim bridge built as part of the “Big Dig” in Boston, the William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River; closer to home, there’s the I-310 Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge crossing the Mississippi River just west of New Orleans, and in the future there’s the Greenville Bridge under construction on U.S. 82 and the proposed Charles W. Dean Great River Bridge on future I-69 and U.S. 278, both crossing the Mississippi River between Arkansas and Mississippi.

(I previously mentioned the viaduct here.)


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Don’t forget the new bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston, S.C.


I’ll sure be glad when the new Greenville Bridge opens. The current one is a narrow two-laner with no shoulder…not very fun to drive across, especially when 18-wheelers are speeding pass you in the opposite lane.


Yeah, that one scares the bejesus out of me, and the Helena bridge isn’t any better (though it is shorter, at least).

I think the U.S. granddaddys of the cable-stayed form are the “new” I-275 Sunshine Skyway in Tampa and the Savannah River bridge on U.S. 17 in Savannah.

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