The shortlist for the Structural Awards 2014 has been announced. The selection process was very competitive this year due to the high standard of entries. There are 12 project categories and Highway or Railway Bridge Structures is one such category which presents the award for excellence in the structural design of bridges carrying highways and/or railways. Here are the five of the nominees for the highway and railway bridge category.
1. The Second Penang Bridge
The second Penang bridge also called as Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim, is the longest bridge in Southeast Asia connecting Batu Kawan on the mainland of Seberang Perai and Batu Maung on the Penang island. Totaling 24 km in length, one of the big questions posed by Penangites had been: why is the bridge not straight, but curved? Would not a straight bridge costs less?
JKSB construction director Hamizol Ngah was quoted in English daily The Star in November 2012 saying that the curvy design was deliberately chosen to reduce traffic accidents.
2. Baakenhafen Bridge
The 165m long bridge has been built as part of Hamburg’s HafenCity development which covers 157 hectares of unused docklands close to the city centre. It comprises of vehicular, cycle and pedestrian lanes and is a component of the Lohsepark landscape corridor. The bridge gives access to the city’s Baakenhafen and Elbbrucken quarters.
3. Waschmuhl Valley Bridge
The new extradosed bridge was+ constructed to provide extra capacity to the existing arch viaduct carrying the A6 near Kaiserslautern. The bridge employs a structure that is described as a cross between Girder Bridge and a cable-stayed bridge.
4. Elbebridge Schonebeck
Multi-span continuous composite cable-stayed bridge with three concrete towers, 210 m high. Deck width 39,8 m with six traffic lanes, two main spans of 650 m, total length 2094,5 m. The credit for designing the bridge goes to Leonhardt, Andra and Partner. he bridge has been constructed to relieve the City of Schönebeck from the considerable increase of through traffic it has experienced in recent years.
5. Shenyang Hun River Ribbon Bridge
Qibo bridge is a “ribbon” style bridge with a 67 meter high arch; the parabola shaped structure will be the most beautiful bridge to cross the Hun River. They’re supposed to resemble “streamers dancing gracefully and dynamically above the water,” according to the jury.
Via : istructe.org