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Favorite Bridge Approaches
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:40:42 PM »

What are your favorites?

One of mine is Rye Hill Rd. over I-49
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 01:43:40 PM »

The Bay Bridge, particularly from this on-ramp. It's a rush.

(Disclaimer: Not the Bay Bridge in San Fran  :-P)

ETA: Are we limited to bridges over other roads? Mine's over water, and I posted it before clicking the link in the OP.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 06:39:53 PM »

If the OP indeed references all highway bridges rather than just overpasses, then my all-time favorite is the approach to the Coos Bay bridge on US 101 north of its namesake OR city.  Dramatic as all get-out!   
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 07:21:29 PM »

My favourite would be those for Cuyahoga River on the Ohio Turnpike.  They are impressive from either direction.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 11:59:36 PM »

If the OP indeed references all highway bridges rather than just overpasses, then my all-time favorite is the approach to the Coos Bay bridge on US 101 north of its namesake OR city.  Dramatic as all get-out!   
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 02:11:44 AM »

1. Coos Bay on Coos Bay, OR
2. Astoria-Melger Brishe: Astoria side.
3. St. Mary's River, Glacier National Park (don't ask why).

Hiking: Goat lake hiking bridge.  :bigass:
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 08:39:57 AM »

TX 73/87, Veterans & Rainbow Bridges over Neches R, Bridge City (Port Arthur) TX.
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.9804729,-93.8701965,14z
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bridge_(Texas)#/media/File:RainbowBridge_(Texas).jpg
Miles of flat land everywhere and then suddenly these two high bridges.

TX 360 over Colorado R, Austin TX.
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.3466342,-97.7988883,3a,75y,30.4h,70.35t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYXyXME0A6XL3EscReyX4yQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Softly rolling hills, numerous trees despite being fairly (sub)urban, gently up over the river, then through a deep cut.

US 90 over Pecos R, near Comstock TX.
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7112492,-101.3542833,3a,75y,151.37h,65.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sh1ip86lFFW7ObLxp6HEcKw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7103191,-101.3533029,3a,75y,195.1h,65.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snB2Ewg-qnErW13XiYWh5ZQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
I guess what I like is that it's an innocuous approach, yet there's all the bridge structure and also all the road history "hidden in plain sight."
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 08:58:32 AM »

Well, since Rex went into pedestrian bridges, I’ll add the Big Dam Bridge, I-430 bridge (both in Little Rock). Also, the Garrison bridge (US 64, Fort Smith). All three offer grand views of the Arkansas River.

*I-430 doesn’t offer a sidewalk, and is while driving! To the [east], you can see the Big Damn Bridge and a rock outcropping/bluff for which I believe the French named Little Rock. Don’t hold me to that.


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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 11:35:54 AM »

Well, since Rex went into pedestrian bridges...

I meant it as a joke/to have a little fun. I actually don't have an answer to that because if you've been to Goat Lake in the Goat Rocks, you'll realize that there isn't a bridge at goat lake. I didn't think anyone would catch that but it was fun anyway.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 07:06:54 AM »

I don't know if you could count this as an approach, (but you are on US 33, the route the bridge carries) but the William S. Ritchie Jr. Bridge has a nice view as you're about to go on it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9352324,-81.7533198,3a,75y,306.4h,89.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stsXOS8i5RIuMgPgnCO64jw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9345706,-81.7520271,3a,49.3y,296.76h,87.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smlIhQcwcjZ985qga7KG6Mw!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

The approach to the old Cooper River bridges was also impressive.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2018, 12:10:37 PM »

I don't know if you could count this as an approach, (but you are on US 33, the route the bridge carries) but the William S. Ritchie Jr. Bridge has a nice view as you're about to go on it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9352324,-81.7533198,3a,75y,306.4h,89.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stsXOS8i5RIuMgPgnCO64jw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9345706,-81.7520271,3a,49.3y,296.76h,87.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smlIhQcwcjZ985qga7KG6Mw!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

The approach to the old Cooper River bridges was also impressive.

Not quite what the topic refers to, but good nonetheless! (A)n [bridge] approach defined by Arkansas Standards (Not to reflect the national definition or another state's defining terminology) is the beginning and ending of what is "the approach" on either side of an overpass or bridge over water.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2018, 08:50:27 AM »

I was always partial to the I-39 bridge approaches over the Illinois River.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2018, 09:13:55 AM »

I don't know if you could count this as an approach, (but you are on US 33, the route the bridge carries) but the William S. Ritchie Jr. Bridge has a nice view as you're about to go on it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9352324,-81.7533198,3a,75y,306.4h,89.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stsXOS8i5RIuMgPgnCO64jw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9345706,-81.7520271,3a,49.3y,296.76h,87.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smlIhQcwcjZ985qga7KG6Mw!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

The approach to the old Cooper River bridges was also impressive.


Christ. I remember having to drive over that when I was younger after my dad refused to because he has a strong fear of heights. I've not encountered a bridge so nerve wracking as that.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2018, 12:14:06 AM »

With floating pontoon bridges, the approaches lead to a downward slope:

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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2018, 03:05:38 PM »

My favorite is the MMBT approach on the Newport News side.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 03:21:40 PM »

With floating pontoon bridges, the approaches lead to a downward slope:


Wow that looks cool!
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2018, 08:31:00 PM »

What are your favorites?

One of mine is Rye Hill Rd. over I-49

What is interesting about that bridge? It looks like a typical UCEB to me.
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2018, 08:35:33 PM »

*I-430 doesn’t offer a sidewalk, and is while driving! To the [east], you can see the Big Damn Bridge and a rock outcropping/bluff for which I believe the French named Little Rock. Don’t hold me to that.

La Petite Roche is underneath the southern part of the Junction Bridge in downtown Little Rock. It was mostly destroyed when the bridge was built.
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2018, 09:24:44 PM »

In always like the Huey P. Long Bridge near New Orleans with the railroad rising in the middle.  Being locomotives cannot have the grade autos can, the rails must rise sooner than the roads that feed it.  On the west bank, I believe the climb starts 3 miles from the river. On the east bank, its hard to tell as the tracks deviate from the road at Jefferson Highway.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2018, 12:16:56 PM »

Since, technically, the entire length of it is a bridge approach, the Chicago Skyway.
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2018, 09:18:13 PM »

The approaches on the western (Arkansas) end of the Harahan Bridge across the river from Memphis are pretty awesome.
The western approaches of the doomed Clarendon Bridge over the White River in Arkansas are/were pretty damn badass as well.
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Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2018, 08:35:18 AM »

For me its westbound on the Belt Pkwy and then the loop ramp to get on the Verrazano Bridge. You're practically going under the bridge, then climbing a ramp heading east that does a 180 to the right and takes you back to the bridge to cross it. Yeah traffic is at a standstill, but that view though.
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2018, 12:40:21 PM »

Zilwaukee Bridge
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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2018, 01:17:24 PM »

Zilwaukee Bridge
Yeah, that one's cool.  So is the Veterans' Glass City Skyway in Toledo.

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