Bridges by Shane

Introduction

I started researching bridges online and discovered some very interesting bridges.  In this blog I would like to share the results of my research.

A KWL chart is useful because it helps you to see what you already know and what you would like to know.

I began by exploring truss bridges as they are the most common type of bridge.  I experimented with different types to see which was the strongest and most stable.

After exploring Truss bridges I moved on to suspension bridges. I made a model and researched suspension bridges around the world.

There are so many many examples on suspension bridges around the world and these are some of my favourite.

Suspension Bridges:

  1. Brooklyn Bridge, (1883) New York.  Length: 487m
  2. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, (1964) New York.  Length: 4176m
  3. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, (1998) Japan.  Length: 3,991m
  4. Great Belt Bridge, (1998) Denmark.  Length: 1,624
  5. River Suir Bridge, (2009) Ireland.  Length: 465m

I continued this project by looking at drawbridges. I made a model and then researched different drawbridges around the world.

Drawbridges are less common than truss bridges but here are my favourite.

  1. Oldest Drawbridge: (1602) Somerset Bridge, Bermuda.
  2. Longest Drawbridge 396m: (1896) Middletown and Portland.
  3. Most famous drawbridge: (1894) Tower Bridge, London.
  4. Irish drawbridge: (1984) Tom Clarke/Eastlink Bridge, Dublin.

Here are the 5 coolest bridges in the world, according to me!

  1. Slauerhoffbrug Bridge, Netherlands.
  2. Sidu River bridge, China.
  3. The Living Roots Bridge, India.
  4. Juscelino Kubitsehek Bridge, Brazil.
  5. Shaharah Bridge, Yemen.

Thank you for reading my very first blog. I am very happy and proud of it. I hope you enjoy reading and looking at bridges from around the world. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a bridge in Loughrea!!!!