It is a double-deck bridge with side spans of 235 m and a center span of 510 m. The bridge is part of the Wangan Expressway and is just south of the Tempozan Bridge. It was built in 1974 for the Hanshin Expressway Public Corporation (HEPC) at a cost of 25 billion yen.
The seismic criteria for Japan has changed quite a bit since 1974 and so this bridge was retrofitted a couple years ago with isolation bearings between the decks and the floor beams and with buckling restrained devices for the towers. More information on the retrofit is at: www.idi.or.jp/tech/quarterly/idi37.pdf
Osaka Bay Bridges: Minato Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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