Friday, February 3, 2012

Sichuan, China's Bridges: An Zhou Bridge (1)

July 2008 (31.632 Degrees, 104.439 Degrees) An Zhou Bridge
Traveling north from Chengdu, we looked at bridges damaged during the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. The An Zhou Bridge is about 100 miles north of Chengdu, in the foothills between the Sichuan Plain and the Tibetan Plateau. It's a pretty two span pony arch and the lack of cross-bracing on top may have allowed it to move enough to damage the stiffer elements under the deck. The bridge was partially closed, by putting railing partially across the deck, perhaps to limit the size of vehicles and their speed.
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