Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tokyo, Japan's Bridges: Aioi Bridge across the Sumida River

June 2011 (35.667 Degrees, 139.789 Degrees) Aioi Bridge
Another look at the Aioi Bridge, a four span through truss. Just behind it is the Harumi Big Bridge and several other interesting bridges down the canal on the east side of Tsukishima Island. I never got a chance to photograph these bridges (and many other canal bridges) so I'll have to wait for my next trip to Japan (hopefully, unrelated to any earthquake).

One of the nice things about the Aioi Bridge is that one of its piers sits on the island (or peninsula) of Nakanojima Park (on the left side of the bridge). I assume it's a peninsula since how else could anyone get to it?  It's quite a nice park with gardens and a promenade. Another interesting thing about this bridge is it's a skewed truss. I think skewed truss bridges are bizarre because to accomodate the skew, they have to remove the obtuse corner of the end truss panels. In my office we have spent years trying to understand why skewed bridges behave so strangely without much success.
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