|September 2013 (31.5947 Degrees, 130.5422 Degrees) Shinshoincho Footbridge|
The next bridge across the Kotsuki River is a footbridge with grey girders, a white overhang, and aquamarine barrier rails (I use the colors to help identify the bridges). The Shinshoincho Footbridge is a continuous two span steel girder bridge. The girders are shallow at the abutments and deepen to a maximum depth over the rectangular pier. The barrier rail is bowed upward between the posts, perhaps to resemble gates.
The bridge widens at the ends to allow walkers and bicyclists to veer onto the bridge. Masonry endposts have plaques that identify the bridge. Stairs on the west levee have railings at the top to help people onto the bridge.
A great blue heron stood next to the bridge hunting for a meal. As I continued walking upstream the bird would fly ahead to keep a comfortable distance between us. Eventually, it must have gotten tired of being interrupted and flew across the river.Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan's Bridges: Shinshoincho Footbridge across the Kotsuki River
by Mark Yashinsky
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