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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #100 on: March 31, 2021, 07:33:05 PM »

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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #101 on: May 01, 2021, 04:29:31 PM »

Los Angeles hasn't gotten a mention yet; although not particularly known for its bridges, the most iconic -- if now replaced -- would have been the 6th street viaduct, which not only bridged the L.A. River, but all the major rail lines coming into town along its banks, plus a big chunk of the warehouse/industrial area east of downtown.  I'm definitely making a trip back down to see its rather uniquely-designed replacement once it opens for traffic.  But in the interim, the only L.A. bridges that would warrant mention in the same breath are the Vincent Thomas suspension span (CA 47) between Terminal Island and San Pedro, and the new Gerald Desmond bridge replacement between that same island and downtown Long Beach (the southernmost reaches of I-710).  And, currently, that's about it! 
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #102 on: May 01, 2021, 04:48:16 PM »

In Richmond, how about the CSXT Acca Bridge carrying the former Atlantic Coast Line (now CSXT's North End Subdivision) across the James River.  A majestic view of the Acca Bridge was created after the construction of the Powhite Parkway in the early 1970s.  To make things confusing, the other Acca Bridge is a 6-lane highway bridge carrying Westwood Avenue/Saunders Avenue (VA-197) over these same tracks at east end of Acca Yard (which is actually CSXT former Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac on the west leg of the wye).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/83399266@N02/38128968532

I know I'm late with this but I agree, this bridge is easily the most iconic in the Richmond area. If the old Lee Bridge was still around then it would be right up there with it too.

Also notable is the Mayo Bridge (US 360), given that it's the oldest highway bridge across the James in the area still in use, and the I-295 Varina-Enon Bridge because it's the 2nd major modern cable-stayed bridge in the country (only the Sunshine Skyway is older).
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #103 on: May 01, 2021, 06:42:36 PM »

Los Angeles hasn't gotten a mention yet; although not particularly known for its bridges, the most iconic -- if now replaced -- would have been the 6th street viaduct, which not only bridged the L.A. River, but all the major rail lines coming into town along its banks, plus a big chunk of the warehouse/industrial area east of downtown.  I'm definitely making a trip back down to see its rather uniquely-designed replacement once it opens for traffic.  But in the interim, the only L.A. bridges that would warrant mention in the same breath are the Vincent Thomas suspension span (CA 47) between Terminal Island and San Pedro, and the new Gerald Desmond bridge replacement between that same island and downtown Long Beach (the southernmost reaches of I-710).  And, currently, that's about it! 

Id also consider the Colorado Street viaduct over the Arroyo Seco (former US-66, then CA-134) in Pasadena.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #104 on: May 02, 2021, 02:39:24 PM »

In Richmond, how about the CSXT Acca Bridge carrying the former Atlantic Coast Line (now CSXT's North End Subdivision) across the James River.  A majestic view of the Acca Bridge was created after the construction of the Powhite Parkway in the early 1970s.  To make things confusing, the other Acca Bridge is a 6-lane highway bridge carrying Westwood Avenue/Saunders Avenue (VA-197) over these same tracks at east end of Acca Yard (which is actually CSXT former Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac on the west leg of the wye).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/83399266@N02/38128968532

I know I'm late with this but I agree, this bridge is easily the most iconic in the Richmond area. If the old Lee Bridge was still around then it would be right up there with it too.

The new one was being constructed when I lived in Richmond.  Here's what it looked like when first completed: http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/cityofrichmond/postcards/relbr.jpg
And this is what it looked like when I lived there:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/571394271453356968/
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #105 on: May 02, 2021, 10:23:44 PM »

For Philadelphia, I think Bill Burr answered that one in 2006:

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I hope you all get in your Ford Focuses and f***ing drive off the side of that f****t ass Ben Franklin bridge. You f***ing one bridge having piece of sh*t city that no one gives a f*** about.

So, the Ben Franklin Bridge :-)
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2021, 05:09:28 AM »

Los Angeles hasn't gotten a mention yet; although not particularly known for its bridges, the most iconic -- if now replaced -- would have been the 6th street viaduct, which not only bridged the L.A. River, but all the major rail lines coming into town along its banks, plus a big chunk of the warehouse/industrial area east of downtown.  I'm definitely making a trip back down to see its rather uniquely-designed replacement once it opens for traffic.  But in the interim, the only L.A. bridges that would warrant mention in the same breath are the Vincent Thomas suspension span (CA 47) between Terminal Island and San Pedro, and the new Gerald Desmond bridge replacement between that same island and downtown Long Beach (the southernmost reaches of I-710).  And, currently, that's about it! 

Id also consider the Colorado Street viaduct over the Arroyo Seco (former US-66, then CA-134) in Pasadena.

I'd generally agree that it should be on the regional "top five" list; even more so if it weren't right next to the similarly designed but massively wider CA 134 freeway bridge.  I grew up a few miles west of there in Glendale; the Colorado Street bridge was referred to, at least locally, as the "Suicide Bridge" after those unfortunates who jumped from it, mostly prior to the installation of the tall & sharp curved closely-spaced spikes along its sides (".....I want to kill myself, but I don't want to get hurt doing it!"). 

The old 6th Street viaduct got nationwide publicity when the penultimate "action" scene of the 2003 movie version of "SWAT" featured the villain's private jet landing on said bridge -- not, however, through the two through truss sections!  A stretch of imagination, of course, but one would have to hand it to the film's special effects folks!
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2021, 07:19:53 AM »

Arroyo Seco came to my mind first for LA area.  Given its location on US 66, I'd argue that it is more famous than a bridge featured in a B-rated action film.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2021, 09:37:49 AM »

Id also consider the Colorado Street viaduct over the Arroyo Seco (former US-66, then CA-134) in Pasadena.

I'd generally agree that it should be on the regional "top five" list; even more so if it weren't right next to the similarly designed but massively wider CA 134 freeway bridge.

Whichever one is featured in Roger Rabbit and all those other movies set in Hollywood. :popcorn:
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #109 on: May 03, 2021, 11:09:05 AM »

More on the Zilwaukee Bridge that GaryV mentioned up thread. There was a major construction accident building this bridge. It is the replacement for a drawbridge that use to be on I-75 and that drawbridge is part of the reason I-675 was built to bypass it. I grew up in the shadows of this bridge in Zilwaukee and watched it as it was being built.

When the bridge was a little over halfway done a 150 foot long section weight 6,700 tons was not properly counterbalanced and tipped 5 feet down on one end and 3 and a half feet up on the other end and a pier footing cracked. The state fired the original contractors and brought in another contractor to make the repairs and finish the bridge. I can remember them being able to heat the concrete so they could work in the winter as well.

The bridge has been closed several times over the years for repair work in various sections. I-675 is used as I-75 when this happens and the bridge is safe to drive on. It hasn't had to be closed in about 8 years now. The last closure they replaced 154 bearings on the bridge and rebuilt 4 miles of I-75.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #110 on: July 28, 2021, 09:10:34 PM »

Harrisburg PA -- arguably it SHOULD be the Rockville (Norfolk Southern RR) Bridge.  But given the loss of one portion of the Walnut Street bridge in the 96 flood, I think it's that one.

Williamsport, PA - Market St Bridge

Reading, PA -- Lindbergh Viaduct?

Cumberland, MD -- Blue Bridge/WV 28 Alt Bridge?

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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #112 on: August 08, 2021, 10:03:53 AM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #113 on: August 24, 2021, 03:33:14 PM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:

San Francisco is tricky.  The Bay Bridge has a huge amount of traffic, and was for a while the Longest Bridge in the World (TM) if you allow multiple spans.  But the Golden Gate is more recognizeable, even to Starfleet.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #114 on: August 24, 2021, 05:12:21 PM »

San Francisco is tricky.  The Bay Bridge has a huge amount of traffic, and was for a while the Longest Bridge in the World (TM) if you allow multiple spans.  But the Golden Gate is more recognizeable, even to Starfleet.

Only the second reflects the meaning of "iconic"to my mind, it's not tricky whatsoever!
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #115 on: August 24, 2021, 06:35:06 PM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:

I have never heard of it. Can you please explain?
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #116 on: August 24, 2021, 07:49:52 PM »

Nobody's picked Miami yet; for all those crossings of the Intracoastal Waterway, there's not really a singular iconic or "most famous" bridge for the metro area. I'd go with the 17th Street Causeway (A1A in Fort Lauderdale), for design and traffic volumes, but that's open to interpretation.

The Seven Mile Bridge would probably the most famous just outside the region, but The Keys are separate micropolitan area.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #117 on: August 24, 2021, 08:09:42 PM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:

I have never heard of it. Can you please explain?
CA-84 over the SF Bay toward the southern end of the bay.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #118 on: August 24, 2021, 09:53:55 PM »

Nobody's picked Miami yet; for all those crossings of the Intracoastal Waterway, there's not really a singular iconic or "most famous" bridge for the metro area. I'd go with the 17th Street Causeway (A1A in Fort Lauderdale), for design and traffic volumes, but that's open to interpretation.

How about the Metromover bridge over the Miami River to the Brickell extension?  This is lit up in colors at night.



I've walked across this a bunch of times while we were testing.  This bridge has four plinth-beams with an emergency walkway between the two middle ones.  I'm not sure when MDTA installed the handrails along the outside plinths, but they weren't up when I was working there.  For some reason, the drop on the river side wasn't near as scary as the stretch running elevated over 11th Street.  Back then, you were looking straight down at the powerlines along the sidewalk.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #119 on: August 24, 2021, 10:00:01 PM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:

I have never heard of it. Can you please explain?
CA-84 over the SF Bay toward the southern end of the bay.

A not particularly exciting bridge.  The first Dumbarton Bridge's claim to fame was that it was the first road bridge crossing the Bay.  It was replaced in the early 1980s by a workmanlike but uninteresting reinforced concrete bridge.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #120 on: August 25, 2021, 05:55:56 AM »

San Francisco is obviously the Dumbarton Bridge  :bigass:

I have never heard of it. Can you please explain?
CA-84 over the SF Bay toward the southern end of the bay.

A not particularly exciting bridge.  The first Dumbarton Bridge's claim to fame was that it was the first road bridge crossing the Bay.  It was replaced in the early 1980s by a workmanlike but uninteresting reinforced concrete bridge.
Correct. I was more interested with the abandoned railroad bridge than I was with the road bridge.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #121 on: August 25, 2021, 09:39:53 PM »

Newport, OR.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #122 on: August 25, 2021, 10:34:19 PM »

Newport, OR.


I've always liked this bridge. If I ever make it out to the West coast I hope to drive across it.
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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #123 on: August 26, 2021, 01:47:43 AM »

I drove across it a month ago and in the time between my southbound trip to a nearby beach and my northbound return, someone had managed to wedge their car over the sidewalk railing.

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Re: Most Iconic Bridge in Each Metro Area
« Reply #124 on: August 26, 2021, 01:42:10 PM »

I drove across it a month ago and in the time between my southbound trip to a nearby beach and my northbound return, someone had managed to wedge their car over the sidewalk railing.

Sounds like they were drunk
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