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THE AKASHI-KAIKYO SUSPENSION BRIDGE - JAPAN

 

V. Ryan 2004 -2009

 
     

PAGE THREE

   

When the towers were completed a temporary cable was stretched between both and a wire mesh gangway built so that workers could start construction of the main cables. This temporary gangway can be seen in the photograph to the right. Workers and machinery pulled the main cables from one tower to the other.

     

Once the main cables and the vertical cables were in position the deck / roadway was fixed hanging below them. This work took place in 1994. Large purpose built cranes were used to lift the sections, 4000 tonnes each, were bolted into position, one after another. 290 sections make up the entire bridge.
The photographs to the right show the cranes in operation and the deck as it was fixed in position, section by section.
Each section has a triangulated form. This means that weight is kept to a minimum and yet each section has maximum strength.

 

     
     

 

 

 

THE DECK / ROADWAY NEARING COMPLETION

     

 

     
The final section of the deck was bolted in position in September 1998 and the bridge was opened to the public on the 5th of April of the same year.

     

     
 
     

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