The architect of the bridge that collapsed in Genoa, Italy, has constructed a number of different spans around the globe, together with a comparatively small bridge that connects two components of the town of Castlegar, B.C., throughout a river.
The Kinnaird Bridge, also called the Columbia Bridge, was designed by Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi in 1960 and accomplished in 1965. The 2-lane span runs some 200 metres over the Columbia River and carries the Crowsnest Freeway via Castlegar, a metropolis of roughly 7,800 individuals.
The Kinnaird Bridge stands on 4 V-shaped concrete helps with no cabling or overhead assist construction, making it a lot smaller in scale than the bridge that collapsed in Italy.
The bridge has an unremarkable historical past, with no main issues of safety on file. It was final upgraded in 2011 to hold water and sewer pipes from its underside.
The bridge is a part of the Crowsnest Freeway route linking Alberta to B.C.’s Pacific Coast. The city of Castlegar is at present planning to create a nature path that connects to the japanese aspect of the bridge.
An engraved plaque on the bridge lists Morandi as a consulting engineer on the challenge.
The Kinnaird Bridge was Morandi’s solely North American design and is comparatively small in comparison with his different tasks, which frequently linked busy highways throughout massive spans. Lots of his works have been constructed within the 1950s and 1960s in Italy, though he additionally has a number of main bridge designs in different components of the world, together with South America and Africa.
Libya’s Wadi El Kuf Bridge, a concrete cable keep bridge designed by Morandi in 1971, was shut down final October as a result of fears that the concrete would possibly fracture, in line with native media.
Nevertheless, the Libyan bridge is greater than twice so long as the Kinnaird Bridge, with extra struts and an overhead assist system.
The bridge Morandi in-built Genoa was 1.2 kilometres lengthy, with two A-frame towers and concrete-encased keep cables.
It collapsed with dozens of automobiles on it throughout a rainstorm.
The reason for the collapse has not but been decided.
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