Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ecuador's Bridges: Puente Rio Cupa (1)

Equestrian loads are not usually addressed for pedestrian bridges.  The load from a cantering horse can be several times larger than a pedestrian load. Still, this bridge (across the Cupa River) regularly carries horses without undo fatigue or displacement.

The Puente Rio Cupa is another bridge designed and built by Walter Yánez. Originally, the village (Union Manabi) was hoping to build a vehicular bridge across the river. You can still see one of the abutments behind the bridge in this photo. Either they ran out of money or they had trouble building such a long span across the river.

Walter's bridge is an 85 meter long suspension bridge supported on pinned base towers. We'll take another look at this interesting bridge tomorrow.
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