Saturday, February 28, 2009

Arch Bridges: Körfez Bridge

Turkey is a modern country with a sophisticated highway system. The bridges on the Trans-European Motorway are designed to the latest AASHTO specifications and they performed well during the 1999 Kocaeli Earthquake.  Still, Turkey is a country with a long past and occasionally you come upon a bridge from another era.

Körfez is a little town on the eastern shore of the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul.  It was here that I saw a closed spandrel, stone masonry arch with cutwaters and openings at the piers.  The deck rises to a peak above the large, central arch. It looks like the bridge was built just downstream of a weir.  The river is contained within stone walls of the same vintage as the bridge.  Its still in use as a pedestrian crossing over the river.  I wonder how long ago this bridge was built?
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Arch Bridges: Körfez Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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