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Resurfacing a Street without Stopping Traffic

Resurfacing a Street without Stopping Traffic

If you need to re-pave a street, you typically need to reduce lanes and redirect traffic around the construction site. Switzerland’s Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) shows us a modern method for resurfacing that directs traffic over the work zone by erecting a temporary bridge. The modular ASTRA flyover bridge can be driven into place to minimize setup time.

Portable Ladder Bridge

Portable Ladder Bridge

Say you need to cross a river where there is no bridge. The EasiBridge can span up to 18 meters (59 feet) and be deployed by a single person. Once it’s opened and its supports flipped over, it can carry people on a rolling belly slide. Since the prototype shown in this video, the company continued development and testing and was acquired by BANAIR.

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8 Ways to Build a LEGO Motorized Bridge

8 Ways to Build a LEGO Motorized Bridge

Inspired by fellow creators munimuni Bekkan and Brick Experiment Channel, LEGO builder Dr. Engine thought making his collection of movable LEGO bridges would be fun. Each of the eight motorized bridge designs works in a different way to provide passage for boats beneath and vehicles on the roadway overhead.

The Rolling Bridge

The Rolling Bridge

This unique bridge allows pedestrians to cross a river or canal, and lets ships pass underneath by rolling over to increase its clearance. It uses a hand-cranked cable system to flip the bridge along a rippled track. The concept was turned into a real bridge by Thomas Randall-Page.

Miniature Concrete Railroad Bridge

Miniature Concrete Railroad Bridge

After fabricating a miniature suspension bridge, Tiny World built a scale model of a railroad bridge based on the design of the CSX A-Line Bridge that spans the James River in Richmond, Virginia. To create the structure, they poured concrete into foam-core molds with wire supports inside.

Switzerland Cliff Walk

Switzerland Cliff Walk

Photographer Sylvia Michel captured this awe-inspiring footage walking through the clouds on a cliff-side bridge in Grindewald, Switzerland. The First Cliff Walk allows visitors to walk through some of the world’s most breathtaking vistas and includes this bridge to nowhere that hangs over the valley below. Here it is on a less cloudy day.

Building and Knocking Down a Wood Plank Bridge

Building and Knocking Down a Wood Plank Bridge

Domino queen Lily Hevesh spent the better part of a week setting up this enormous multi-tier bridge using 8,000 individual wood planks. She started with a small prototype of construction techniques, then carefully assembled the 8-foot-tall version. When it was all done, she knocked it all down for our enjoyment.

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The Twist Bridge

The Twist Bridge

This unique bridge connects two districts in The Netherlands. Designed by West 8 and fabricated by HCG, the helical truss structure was fabricated from 400 steel tubes which twist a full 90 degrees from one end of the bridge to the other. It was originally painted red, but its current, more natural state also looks very cool.

The History of London Bridge

The History of London Bridge

The Romans built the first bridge across the Thames River in the 2nd century. Over the years, the structure has been replaced several times. In this episode of Unfinished London, host Jay Foreman provides an informative and entertaining exploration of the history of London Bridge, and why one of them is now located in Arizona.

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Ouroboros ARQ loves to build miniature structures using full-size construction techniques. For this project, they built a scale version of a suspension bridge, complete with steel-reinforced concrete pillars, and dozens of meticulously-threaded wires to support its paved roadway and guard rails.

China’s “Bending” Bridge

China’s “Bending” Bridge

The Ruyi Bridge is one of the most interesting bridge designs on the planet. Located in the Shenxianju Scenic Area in Taizhou, China, it features three connected arches – one that rises and two that dip. The two lower bridges are connected by a glass walkway which allows pedestrians to peer down to the forest 459 feet below.

LEGO Bridge Factory

LEGO Bridge Factory

LEGO machine makers The Brick Wall have outdone themselves with their latest construction. This enormous and complex Technic machine is engineered to automatically install a bridge. It first deploys and positions its support towers, then gradually adds the bridge deck and roadway for vehicles to drive over.

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World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

Located near Arouca in northern Portugal, this 1693-foot-long pedestrian bridge crosses the River Paiva, offering those who cross it a thrilling journey and a stunning view as they cross the rapidly-flowing river about 600 feet below their feet. Watch this video to see how it was built.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Bridges can vary wildly in terms of strength depending on their structural design. The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel welded together several miniature bridges from steel, then measured the force applied to each one to see which style is the strongest.

Under-bridge Trampoline

Under-bridge Trampoline

The guys from DD Squad are always doing crazy stunts, and this one is quite the spectacle. Watch as the daredevil squad and their friends Jesse Heffels, FaceTeam, and Greg Roe GTR perform flips, acrobatic tricks, and high dives from a trampoline they rigged under a massive stone arch bridge in Solkan, Slovenia.

Making a Miniature Concrete Bridge

Making a Miniature Concrete Bridge

The Creative Construction Channel walks us through a truly impressive build – a pint-sized version of a concrete bridge that was built using similar construction techniques to the real deal, with steel bars serving as the support structure for the cement, as well as a paved surface for tiny cars and trucks to ride on.

LEGO Supercar Bridge

LEGO Supercar Bridge

After assembling the epic LEGO Bugatti Chiron model, The Brick Wall decided his supercar needed a superbridge to go with. He built this impressive roadway from over 32,000 pieces, over the course of 96 hours. He even included LED streetlights for night viewing.

A Sketchy Crossing

A Sketchy Crossing

From a distance, Siberia’s Vitim bridge doesn’t look so bad. But once Martin Remiš’ camera gets in close, we see just how iffy the one-lane river crossing looks, with its rickety wood planks and lack of any railings. This snowy bridge they crossed doesn’t look much better.

Clearing Snow from Bridge Cables

Clearing Snow from Bridge Cables

Next time you drive across a suspension bridge in the winter time, you can thank guys like these for keeping your ride safe. Watch and learn how technicians head to the top of the Port Mann Bridge in frigid British Columbia to remove ice and snow from its 288 cables.

Glass-Bottomed Bridge

Glass-Bottomed Bridge

Architects Haim Dotan designed this awe-inspiring bridge to float 984ft. above China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, offering up to 800 pedestrians incredible thrills as they look straight down to the bottom. Opens 10/2015.

Meixi Lake District Bridge

Meixi Lake District Bridge

Amsterdam/Beijing-based NEXT architects won the competition for the bridge for the revitalized Meixi Lake district in Changsha, China. The 150-meter-long bridge has a Möbius-inspired design, with multiple undulating paths for pedestrians.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Minneapolis artist HOTTEA livens up urban environments with words and designs made of yarn. On a recent trip to New York he adorned the pedestrian tunnel of the Williamsburg Bridge with a 2,000 thread rainbow. More pics here.

Rebuilding the Bay Bridge

Rebuilding the Bay Bridge

Since 2008, EarthCam has captured over 2 million images of the construction of the new Eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Watch as it goes from nothing to a fully-assembled roadway in four minutes.

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