Monday, July 18, 2011

New Zealand's Bridges: Colombo Street Bridge across the Avon River in Christchurch

March 2011 (-43.527 Degrees, 172.637 Degrees) Colombo Street Bridge
The Colombo Street Bridge was built in 1902 with cast iron girders and a timber deck. Over the years the bridge was widened and the timber deck was replaced with concrete. More information about this bridge is available from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

One item of interest is the facade that was built to make the bridge look like an arch. During the February earthquake this facade buckled without affecting the strength of the straight girders that actually support the bridge.
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New Zealand's Bridges: Colombo Street Bridge across the Avon River in Christchurch by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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