The Directorate General
of Highways commissioned the Danjiang bridge in Taipei that will span the mouth
of the Tamsui River. Construction of the world’s longest single-mast,
asymmetric cable-stayed bridge is already underway and is generating quite a
Designed to connect to
the national highway system, the Danjiang bridge will help ease congestion on
the Guandu Bridge situated further upriver. The Danjiang bridge construction
will also facilitate the expansion of the Danhai Light Rail Transit which is part
of the city’s public transport system.
The world of construction and technology is advancing at a rapid pace achieving what no-one thought possible only a few years ago. A split-pylon concept bridge is the focus of an EPSRC-funded project at Sheffield and Brunel University. Partnering with a long span bridge expert, Ian Firth, the team of UK engineers used mathematical modelling techniques to identify new bridge designs. They claim that it could beat the current record of a 2 km single span bridge.
Newly identified bridge structures could allow for the construction of significantly longer bridges in the near future. The possibility to make a crossing over the Strait of Gibraltar, from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco is very real. Continue reading →