This article offers a critique of several new bridges in Japan including the Seto Great bridge of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge project. The latter, it is noted, makes a delicate tracery through the wide reaches of the inland sea without impairing the splendor of the natural setting. It is pointed out there are 3 principles of good bridge design: efficiency, economy, and elegance. Some of the most impressive new Japanese bridges are those built to carry major highways over port facilities. Examples of such bridges are described: the Hokko bridge, a single-cable, self-anchored suspension bridge that carries a 4-lane city highway; the Ajigawa bridge, of the same scale and proportions as the former; and the Kuma River Bridge in the central mountains of Kyushu. Several suggestions are made regarding the improvement of bridge design in Japan.

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  • Accession Number: 00493900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM