Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sichuan China's Bridges: Wenchuan Route 213 Bridge

July 2008 (31.0317°N, 103.4682°E) Bridge near Wenchuan
We are entering the area around Yingchiou where some of the strongest shaking and major bridge damage from the 2008 earthquake occurred. This is a very tall four span river crossing. The T-girder superstructure is supported on very tall RC two column towers.  There was so much movement and damage, that a long Bailey Bridge was launched over the existing superstructure to support the traffic. It looked like the north span may have come close to dropping and the small exterior shear keys were knocked over. The People's Army did a good making use of Bailey Bridges to keep these mountain roads open after the earthquake.
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Sichuan China's Bridges: Wenchuan Route 213 Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

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