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Structurae Newsletter: Cable-Stayed Bridges

Cable-Stayed Bridges

Some of the most amazing bridges these days are cable-stayed, and while they may not be the longest-spanning bridges, they can bridge distances today that only a few decades ago were deemed impossible for this type of bridge. Cable-stayed bridges, great and small, are still conquering the world and new ones are built every year and around the world. They serve pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles, trains, or pipelines and have an enormous variety in terms of the form and design. Nearly 1800 bridges of this type have already been cataloged in Structurae.

7 Questions for José Romo

In a Skype interview, Structurae's chief editor, Nicolas Janberg, asked Spanish bridge designer José Romo seven questions about his career, bridge design, the Mersey Gateway bridge and sustainability. 
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Mersey Gateway Bridge

Mersey Gateway Bridge, England

While multi-span cable-stayed bridges have become more common, this design is unique as it features three pylons that are all of different heights. The bridge won IABSE's Outstanding Structure Award in 2019. more >>

Zhivopisny Bridge

Zhivopisny Bridge, Russia

This is the first cable-stayed bridge in Moscow, opened on 27 December 2007 as a part of an extension of Krasnopresnensky avenue. The bridge is unique in that most of its length runs along the river, not across it, and the arched pylon houses a restaurant. more >>

Vasco da Gama_Bridge (Photo by Robert Cortright)

Vasco da Gama Bridge, Portugal

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts that spans the Tagus River in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It is considered to be one of the longest bridges in Europe by total length. more >>

Check out the drone video of this amazing bridge!

La Pepa Bridge
La Pepa Bridge

La Pepa Bridge, Spain

It is the second bridge that crosses over to Cádiz from the mainland, after Carranza bridge. The deck crosses 69 meters above the water with a main span of 540 meters leaving plenty of space below for ships to pass. more >>

Ting Kau Bridge

Ting Kau Bridge, Hong Kong

Ting Kau Bridge is the world's first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge. This meant that the central tower had to be stabilized longitudinally, which was accomplished using the longest cable stays ever used in a bridge (465 m). The design of this bridge contains special features such as pylons which stabilized by transverse cables like the masts of a sailboat. more >>

Structurae bridge: Rio-Antirrio Bridge

Rio-Antirrio Bridge, Greece

This bridge has a length of 2 880 m with three main spans of 560 meters and is located in a zone with high earthquake risks. more >>

Normandy Bridge, France

The Normandy Bridge was inaugurated on 20 January 1995. Its main span length of 856 m made it by far the largest cable-stayed bridge in the world. more >>

Explore more cable-stayed bridges on Structurae
Hutong Bridge

Record bridge in Shanghai with expansion joints from Munich

While the Hutong Bridge in China is only the second longest-spanning cable-stayed bridge and only has the second-highest pylons, it is much larger than the firsts, and can, therefore, be called the world's biggest cable-stayed bridge. The expansion joints needed for such a bridge are no small feat either. They were designed and manufactured in Munich, Germany. Full case study >>

New combination of extradosed bridge and butterfly web

The Shin-Meishin Mukogawa Bridge is the world’s first bridge to have been designed as an extradosed bridge combined with butterfly shaped webs for the main girder. This design concept greatly reduced the structure’s weight and enhanced its earthquake resistance. Full case study >>

Ingeniero Fernández Casado Stay Cable Bridge

Ingeniero Fernández Casado Stay Cable Bridge

Recently, the pipes of some stay cables were comprehensively rehabilitated. Cracks that had opened in the pipes were sealed, and some stay cables were wrapped using a corrosion protection tape system. Full case study >>

Huge bearings for India's new Signature Bridge

It is both a beauty and a political issue: the Signature Bridge across the Yamuna river connecting Delhi to Wazirabad. A visual hallmark and special technical feature is the asymmetric pylon. For this pylon, MAURER has built two spherical bearings to be installed underneath the pylon footings. Accommodating 231,000 kN of structural load, these are the largest CE-marked bearings ever built. A further special feature is the pendulum bearings accommodating the tensile force of the backstay cables. Full case study >>


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