Wednesday, July 10, 2013

World's Longest Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridge

In the first few hours of our all-night glide from the Gulf of Patras to the Ionian islands, we slid under the suspended bridge from Rion to Antirion.

Phoenix's curves contrast with the bridge's angular precision.
At about 1.8 miles, it is, by restricted criteria, the longest cable-stayed suspension bridge in the world. Those in Boston will recognize the construction in the Zakim Bridge.

It was interesting to read up on the bridge and find out that it is not only designed to resist the motion of earthquakes and potential tsunamis, but that engineers also had to accommodate the two shores moving apart from each other at about 3 cm per year because of Earth's tectonics. I don't know how they resolved that. Bungee cables? Rubber road? A sign at each end saying "Mind the gap"?

A ferry ghosts alongside the more hurried traffic.
This view reminded me of a field trip during my grade school days
to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge.
A bridge of symmetries, shared even by the joined towns of Rion and Antirion.
(A naming practice common in Greece as we have found.)
Just a few miles past the bridge the day dissolved to anti-day.


Steve Garlick said...

The calm conditions of the Ionian sound wonderful. We've had 8 days of meltemi winds blowing 30 - 40 knots/ 2+ meter seas.

Pavlov sends her regards.


Doc Jones said...

Mind the gap. I love it. Headed back to Ghent from Hoorn, NL, and minding our own gaps.