Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Zealand's Bridges: Mandeville Footbridge across the Kaiapoi River in Christchurch (1)

March 2011 (-43.381 Degrees, 172.656 Degrees) Mandeville Footbridge

The Kaiapoi River joins the Waimakariri just before it empties into the Pacific. A mile upstream from the river's mouth is the town of Kaiapoi and a five span timber suspension footbridge, During the September 2010 and the February 2011 earthquakes the banks moved towards the river carrying the bridge anchorages with them. Consequently the deck sags and the bridge was closed when I visited it. Anchorages need to be buried deeply so they aren't effected by lateral spreading during earthquakes. This bridge was built in 1874.
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New Zealand's Bridges: Mandeville Footbridge across the Kaiapoi River in Christchurch (1) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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