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Posted: 10/3/2005 11:53:50 AM EDT




Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:55:20 AM EDT
where is that? It is pretty sweet
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:56:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:57:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 3:33:13 PM EDT by tc6969]
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Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:58:41 AM EDT
That's in France, isn't it?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:58:46 AM EDT
France. Bridge over a valley
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:58:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brians_45:
where is that?



My guess is France

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:59:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 3:33:34 PM EDT by tc6969]

Originally Posted By leungken:
WARNING
DO NOT go to the 2.) Posting pictures* or links to images which contain pornography, nudity+, animal cruelty, racism, or sexism. to find out, it is not work safe



Thanks for the warning...I was actually just about to go there to find out more info.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:59:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 12:00:50 PM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
Is that that new super-bridge that opened in France? It looks awesome.

ETA: Someone else beat me to it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 12:01:47 PM EDT
leave it to the french to build the worlds biggest bridge where one is barely even necessary! LOL
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 12:02:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Brians_45:
where is that? It is pretty sweet



Millau Viaduct, France

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millau_Viaduct
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 12:02:58 PM EDT
I dunno... looking at the bottom pic there, I fail to see why they deemed it cost-effective to build that thing there. It wasn't right over a metropolis or a deep, sheer gorge. Why not just some leveling-out of the terrain on either side of the valley and make the road through it, rather than over it? There are many bridges where the neccessity is obvious to the untrained eye, but this doesn't seem to be one of them [to me].
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 12:13:13 PM EDT
There are several reasons for this type of bridge.

The first being ease of capitulation, enemy tanks can bypass small towns which shortens the time of occupation.

Second, the average french car would need to be pushed up either side of the valley.

But the biggest reason is: Lance kicks ass on hills...

YMMV,
Pete
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:25:21 PM EDT
It gives the french army more options while they are retreating. Blow up the bridge so we can get to the channel, be evacuated by the british only to return to france in time for the surrender!
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:29:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 1:31:25 PM EDT by Mauser101]

Originally Posted By Red_Label:
I dunno... looking at the bottom pic there, I fail to see why they deemed it cost-effective to build that thing there. It wasn't right over a metropolis or a deep, sheer gorge. Why not just some leveling-out of the terrain on either side of the valley and make the road through it, rather than over it? There are many bridges where the neccessity is obvious to the untrained eye, but this doesn't seem to be one of them [to me].



If you read the wikipedia article apparently that there valley gets majorly conjested suring the summer, along existing routes, so they built it to bypass the valley.

All in the name of vacation. It's the Euro way.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:40:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mauser101:

If you read the wikipedia article apparently that there valley gets majorly conjested suring the summer, along existing routes, so they built it to bypass the valley.

All in the name of vacation. It's the Euro way.



That sounds nice… it also sounds like BULLSHIT.

So why build a bridge that is going to cost multiples of a ground level bypass.

I suspect the was an awful lot of money spread around on that bridge and a awful lot of padded pockets.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:56:24 PM EDT
No shit! The Europeans like vacation as much as spanking the monkey. I work with the Italians, French, Brits, Russians, and Germans. Take their vaca very seriously.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:04:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 2:04:58 PM EDT by kill-9]
From the wikipedia entry:



The landmark bridge is scheduled to be surrendered to the Spanish in July 2018






OK, it doesn't really say that.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:08:06 PM EDT
The other options would have bothered the sheep in the valley.

Plus it gave a writer a good title for his book, The Sheep Look Up
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:13:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Label:
I dunno... looking at the bottom pic there, I fail to see why they deemed it cost-effective to build that thing there. It wasn't right over a metropolis or a deep, sheer gorge. Why not just some leveling-out of the terrain on either side of the valley and make the road through it, rather than over it? There are many bridges where the neccessity is obvious to the untrained eye, but this doesn't seem to be one of them [to me].



The answer is, I think, self-evident. Look in the upper photo. You can see the old road with its numerous switchbacks. If you've ever driven an auto on those types of switchbacks, you'll already know how slow traffic moves on them. I'm thinking about all the VW minivans, RV's, tractors, trucks, etc. - YUCK ! ! !

Still, it does look like a boon-doggle. Of course we are planning to build a bridge to an island in Alaska that no one lives on. Go figure.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:30:25 PM EDT
Eh.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:35:32 PM EDT
Anyone got any wire cutters?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:38:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rudison:
There are several reasons for this type of bridge.

The first being ease of capitulation, enemy tanks can bypass small towns which shortens the time of occupation.

Second, the average french car would need to be pushed up either side of the valley.

But the biggest reason is: Lance kicks ass on hills...

YMMV,
Pete



Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:39:28 PM EDT
The Modern Marvels special on that bridge was pretty good.

They built the roadway on the land on either side of the bridge and "slid" it onto the supports like a giant belt until it met in the center.



Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:41:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OrARGB:
No shit! The Europeans like vacation as much as spanking the monkey.






It's funny because it's true
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:29:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_Mills:

Still, it does look like a boon-doggle. Of course we are planning to build a bridge to an island in Alaska that no one lives on. Go figure.



OMG so the russians can invade?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:21:27 PM EDT
Being from California and mostly English in heritage, and remembering the French buitlt there aircraft carrier about 25 feet short and brought out the MAS 36 and the Renault Peaugot, I immediately wonder about being on there in an earthquake. NO THNK YOU.

(then again it does look neat)
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:36:52 PM EDT
French of not, that's a beautiful bridge. Work of art.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:43:36 PM EDT
Theres alot of people who think the bridge ruins the landscape.
I would tend to agree.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:46:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rudison:
There are several reasons for this type of bridge.

The first being ease of capitulation, enemy tanks can bypass small towns which shortens the time of occupation.

Second, the average french car would need to be pushed up either side of the valley.

But the biggest reason is: Lance kicks ass on hills...

YMMV,
Pete





Too true.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:56:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:
OK, it doesn't really say that.



It does now.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:01:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:19:13 PM EDT
Those are two different bridges guys. Look again at the number of spans and concrete columns.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:24:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hughjafj:
Those are two different bridges guys. Look again at the number of spans and concrete columns.



I believe that the word that you are looking for is CONSTRUCTION. The photos were taken at different points throughout the CONSTRUCTION process.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 9:47:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 9:49:55 PM EDT by hughjafj]
Nevermind, you're right.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 10:08:21 PM EDT
I wonder how long until some fanatic group detonates a big car bomb on the road by one of the supports. That'd be one heck of a repair job!

Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:09:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 3:12:21 AM EDT by kill-9]

Originally Posted By OFFascist:

Originally Posted By kill-9:
OK, it doesn't really say that.



It does now.






ETA: Too bad somebody removed the entry overnight.
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