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Title: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on January 25, 2018, 01:40:42 PM
What are your favorites?

One of mine is Rye Hill Rd. over I-49 (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2754983,-94.3463589,3a,60y,351.21h,91.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sytjSyN-9fOLzHpsW0vonuA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: webny99 on January 25, 2018, 01:43:40 PM
The Bay Bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@43.2141693,-77.5163996,3a,75y,263.66h,84.74t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjhuBaHV6e1_whq9s8bkfbw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656), 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: sparker 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!   
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: 02 Park Ave 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek 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!   
Yes, in general terms.


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Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Hurricane Rex 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:
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: US 81 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."
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on January 26, 2018, 08:58:32 AM
Well, since Rex went into pedestrian bridges, Iíll 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 doesnít offer a sidewalk, and is while driving! To the [east], you can see the Big Damn Bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@34.8018006,-92.3726508,3a,26.3y,126.41h,85.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTVli_9KVOJRtogItbowjUA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) and a rock outcropping/bluff for which I believe the French named Little Rock. Donít hold me to that.


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Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Hurricane Rex 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: index 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.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/3069229256_60c4a25b4f.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek 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.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/3069229256_60c4a25b4f.jpg)
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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: inkyatari on February 08, 2018, 08:50:27 AM
I was always partial to the I-39 bridge approaches over the Illinois River.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: seicer 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.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/3069229256_60c4a25b4f.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Bruce on February 12, 2018, 12:14:06 AM
With floating pontoon bridges, the approaches lead to a downward slope:

(https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/509c6ca0-5090-11e7-9ddc-918a7c11f12b-1020x388.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: MCRoads on February 12, 2018, 03:05:38 PM
My favorite is the MMBT approach on the Newport News side.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on February 12, 2018, 03:21:40 PM
With floating pontoon bridges, the approaches lead to a downward slope:

(https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/509c6ca0-5090-11e7-9ddc-918a7c11f12b-1020x388.jpg)
Wow that looks cool!
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: bugo on March 16, 2018, 08:31:00 PM
What are your favorites?

One of mine is Rye Hill Rd. over I-49 (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2754983,-94.3463589,3a,60y,351.21h,91.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sytjSyN-9fOLzHpsW0vonuA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

What is interesting about that bridge? It looks like a typical UCEB to me.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: bugo on March 16, 2018, 08:35:33 PM
*I-430 doesnít offer a sidewalk, and is while driving! To the [east], you can see the Big Damn Bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@34.8018006,-92.3726508,3a,26.3y,126.41h,85.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTVli_9KVOJRtogItbowjUA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) and a rock outcropping/bluff for which I believe the French named Little Rock. Donít 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: roadman65 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: abefroman329 on March 28, 2018, 12:16:56 PM
Since, technically, the entire length of it is a bridge approach, the Chicago Skyway.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: MantyMadTown on March 29, 2018, 08:19:56 PM
Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay:
https://www.google.com/maps/@44.5319494,-88.0031047,3a,75y,297.59h,81.92t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMZwY_6oc62-85h61J2og6w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
I don't know why I like this one. Probably because it seems to go high up and tower over Green Bay when you're on it

Biloxi Bay Bridge on US 90:
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.3922953,-88.8589609,3a,73.3y,85.83h,81.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sJUCacXWRSLGkv2VOXKwSmA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DJUCacXWRSLGkv2VOXKwSmA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D235.17917%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: bugo 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: slorydn1 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.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: ftballfan on April 01, 2018, 12:40:21 PM
Zilwaukee Bridge
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: renegade on April 01, 2018, 01:17:24 PM
Zilwaukee Bridge
Yeah, that one's cool.  So is the Veterans' Glass City Skyway in Toledo.

But nothing beats the mighty Mac.    :awesomeface:
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: skluth on April 01, 2018, 04:39:30 PM
I was always partial to the I-39 bridge approaches over the Illinois River.

I love coming into this from the south because you're driving across an open prairie and right after a small road cut as you drive downhill you're driving over the Illinois River Valley with no warning whatsoever. There's at least a short approach from the north, but it does sneak up on you.

(http://www.crosscountryroads.com/images/illinois/i39nb/027-info-mm56.JPEG.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: thefraze_1020 on April 13, 2018, 03:36:51 PM
The Marquam and Fremont Bridges in Portland (OR) are pretty impressive from all directions.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: KEVIN_224 on April 13, 2018, 06:18:39 PM
I-95 North in Portsmouth, NH. Once you've cleared Exit 7 near mile marker 15...THIS!  :love:

(https://i.imgur.com/cKdTIFN.jpg)
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Flint1979 on April 13, 2018, 08:36:24 PM
Zilwaukee Bridge
I drive over that bridge a lot. You can see it from the countryside for quite a few miles going to the east.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Flint1979 on April 13, 2018, 08:36:45 PM
Mackinac Bridge
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: Alps on May 24, 2018, 10:57:15 AM
Second Huey Long (east). I'll throw in Delaware Memorial with its long, gradual rise. The old Tappan Zee was cool because of the long, flat western approach.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: vdeane on May 24, 2018, 08:26:40 PM
I think right now my favorite would be the West Belway over the St Johns River in Jacksonville.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: thefraze_1020 on May 26, 2018, 10:28:24 PM
It's fresh in mind because I drove it today, but I-90 over the Columbia River at Vantage (in the westbound direction).

Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: mrose on May 27, 2018, 01:46:59 AM
Mackinac Bridge

Same. It was a clear day in late summer and I came in from US 2 on the west side, so you can see it for several miles before you get to it.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: webny99 on May 28, 2018, 05:27:00 PM
Mackinac Bridge
Same. It was a clear day in late summer and I came in from US 2 on the west side, so you can see it for several miles before you get to it.

Second that. It's an awesome view from pretty much any direction.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: texaskdog on May 28, 2018, 05:44:37 PM
Mackinac Bridge

yes

and look at the US 90 pic, you can see the old road underneath, it's cool

I like that LA I-10 pic too, good one

also I-69 Kentucky/Indiana border
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: SSR_317 on May 30, 2018, 01:03:08 PM
also I-69 Kentucky/Indiana border
You're kidding, right? This one has to be considered to be fictional, as it does not yet exist (nor have any design plans been finalized). Were you perhaps thinking of the I-65 Ohio River crossing (Kennedy & Lincoln bridges) or the I-64 (Minton bridge) in Louisville?
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: tchafe1978 on May 30, 2018, 02:39:15 PM
My favorite is the approach to the US 61-151 Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge over the Mississippi River.

https://goo.gl/maps/yKvbmUnt6sF2
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: SteveG1988 on May 31, 2018, 03:12:36 AM
also I-69 Kentucky/Indiana border
You're kidding, right? This one has to be considered to be fictional, as it does not yet exist (nor have any design plans been finalized). Were you perhaps thinking of the I-65 Ohio River crossing (Kennedy & Lincoln bridges) or the I-64 (Minton bridge) in Louisville?

Or US41
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: texaskdog on May 31, 2018, 10:20:57 AM
also I-69 Kentucky/Indiana border
You're kidding, right? This one has to be considered to be fictional, as it does not yet exist (nor have any design plans been finalized). Were you perhaps thinking of the I-65 Ohio River crossing (Kennedy & Lincoln bridges) or the I-64 (Minton bridge) in Louisville?

I think it's US 41.  It turns into I-69 shortly thereafter.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: plain on May 31, 2018, 03:47:32 PM
The Key Bridge (Baltimore) does it for me from either approach.

Also agree about the Verrazano Narrows Bridge mentioned earlier.
Title: Re: Favorite Bridge Approaches
Post by: SSR_317 on June 02, 2018, 02:06:19 PM
also I-69 Kentucky/Indiana border
You're kidding, right? This one has to be considered to be fictional, as it does not yet exist (nor have any design plans been finalized). Were you perhaps thinking of the I-65 Ohio River crossing (Kennedy & Lincoln bridges) or the I-64 (Minton bridge) in Louisville?

I think it's US 41.  It turns into I-69 shortly thereafter.
Yes, the existing bridge (technically, bridges) between Henderson, KY & Evansville, IN carries US 41. Current plans propose that one will be closed and the other be rehabbed once the planned I-69 crossing is built & opened. The post I-69 traffic projections supposedly say that a 2-lane crossing will be adequate and the cost of rehabbing both existing structures would be prohibitive. I feel they are making a mistake, as they fail to account for "shunpiking" (since the new crossing will be tolled), and for locals who don't want to go out of their way to get to the proposed Interstate crossing. We'll see what happens!