Saturday, May 21, 2011

Algeria's Bridges: Algeria's Bridges: Sidi M'Cid Bridge across the Rhumel River in Constantine (2)

March 2011 (36.380 deg., 6.605 deg.) Sidi M'Cid Bridge
Another photo of the Sidi M'Cid Bridge. The deep ravine and stone towers makes for a very dramatic bridge. To build the towers, scaffolding had to hang out over the ravine. Once the towers were completed, the suspension cables was pulled across the ravine, the ends were buried behind the towers, and then the cables were hung from the top of the towers. Note that the bridge also uses cable-stays. A six hundred foot suspension span is not that long (the 19th century Brooklyn Bridge is 1600 ft) but it's pretty remarkable for this location.

There are several interesting websites that discuss the Sidi M'Cid Bridge including one with construction photos. However, I had to use Google Translator to help me with the French. My Algerian friends tell me that the problem with the French colonists was that they lived in a completely segregated society from the Algerians.

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Algeria's Bridges: Sidi M'Cid Bridge across the Rhumel River in Constantine (2) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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