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Old 12-13-2019, 06:41 PM
 
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Must every new suspension bridge look like Pont de Brotonne?

U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge is a necessary functional upgrade, but this Sunshine Skyway look is getting repetitive:
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/images/...bor_bridge.jpg
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Old 12-15-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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Think: what is a bridge? And, what purposes does it serve?

I'm not a structural engineer, but I'm guessing the design works, so it's used.

If you have bridge designs that are more aesthetically pleasing, and less "dull", why not post a few. In other words, if you can do better, let's see yours.
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Old 12-16-2019, 09:02 AM
 
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Think: what is a bridge? And, what purposes does it serve?

I'm not a structural engineer, but I'm guessing the design works, so it's used.

If you have bridge designs that are more aesthetically pleasing, and less "dull", why not post a few. In other words, if you can do better, let's see yours.
I have to agree with the OP. Most of us are not qualified to make such a design, unfortunately. The Harbor Bridge was really pleasing to look at AND functional. Just like most things in our modern society, "they just don't make em like they used to".
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:53 PM
 
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I agree with Sogno, it’s a bridge. It gets cars over the water and frankly I don’t care what it looks like as long as it’s safe. So far I’m not convinced that it is, so I won’t be going to Portland any time soon.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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It's TXDOT. They're not going to go avant garde.
I just want it to work, be safe, and be built before 2025.
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Old 02-08-2020, 06:04 PM
 
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Yeah we need a totally original design like the one we have now.


Damn that one is from Long Beach.

And it's being replaced by



It's almost as if both original bridges were built in the same time period for the same purpose(spanning a harbor) and are being replaced at the end of their life span for new bridges for the same reasons(higher clearance lower maintenance costs) and at both time periods there was a specific design that several millennia of bridge technology and construction technique determined at that point was the most efficient means to achieve the goal.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:12 PM
 
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What was the whole reason of stopping the construction of the bridge anyway? I mean, if that's still an issue
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:52 PM
 
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What was the whole reason of stopping the construction of the bridge anyway? I mean, if that's still an issue
First stoppage was they couldn't find bottom(the bedrock) for the large piers to hold the bridge up(rock was deeper than expected).

Current stoppage is the engineers on the project were the ones who designed the pedestrian bridge in Florida that collapsed so TxDot yanked them off the project and the new engineers have to check the plans and modify them to make sure it's safe.

Generally the idea that the whole thing would be done in 4-5 years was farcical. Bridges this size never have smooth processes, there are just too many moving parts.
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