Eshima Ohashi Bridge

Eshima Ohashi Bridge (Japanese: 江島大橋) is a rigid-frame bridge in Japan that connects Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture over Nakaumi lake. It was built from 1997 to 2004, and it is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.[1] Images of the bridge have been widely circulated on the internet, owing to its seemingly steep nature when photographed from a distance with a telephoto lens, but in actuality, it has a less pronounced, 6.1% gradient in the side of Shimane and a 5.1% gradient in the side of Tottori.[2]

Eshima Ohashi Bridge

江島大橋
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The Eshima Ohashi Bridge from the side
Coordinates35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2Coordinates: 35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2
CrossesNakaumi
LocaleShimane and Tottori prefectures
Maintained bySakaiminato management association
Characteristics
Total length1.7 km
Width11.3 m
Height44.7 m
Longest span250 m
History
Construction start1997
Construction end2004
Looking towards the bridge entrance from the Shimane Prefecture side

Eshima Ohashi Bridge replaced the previous drawbridge, since traffic was obstructed often by ships for about 7 to 8 minutes, only large vehicles under 14 tons were allowed and only 4000 vehicles could cross it per day.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Golgowski, Nina (April 29, 2015). "Japan's Eshima Ohashi bridge appears not for the faint-hearted drivers". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ Wallace, Allison (April 30, 2015). "Japan's 'rollercoaster bridge'". Yahoo! Travel. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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