Monday, January 9, 2012

Hawaii's Bridges: Wiloa Park Pedestrian Bridge (3)

April 2001 (19.720 Degrees, -155.075 Degrees) Wiloa Park Pedestrian Bridge
One more photo of the Wiloa Park Bridge. In this photo we can more clearly see the abutments and how the arched girders are attached to the piers. Its hard to say whether the arches are precast or coast-in-place. The railings look like they were a lot of work to fabricate.

It's a oddly-shaped bridge. There are several famous Japanese and Chinese bridges where the deck has an arch shape. For instance, the Kintai Bridge over the Nishiki River in Iwakuni (built in 1673) has five wooden arch decks. However, contemporary bridge designers tend to put the arch under or above the deck.

It might be fun to ride a bike over the bridge except that there is no road or sidewalk at the ends. You probably would't want to walk across it if you relied heavily on a cane, walker, or wheelchair. I suppose that the designer may have been able to eliminate a span by using this arch shape, but I'm guessing this bridge design was meant to make the park more attractive.
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