Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lookalike Bridges

Back in 2007, I noted that a bridge in Savannah looks a bit like the new bridge in Boston.

Well, here's another one in the same style — in Provence, France, of all places. We crossed this last week when we were visiting the area. It links Tarascon and Beaucaire, across the Rhone river.

For comparison, here's the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston:

And the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, linking Savannah, Ga., to South Carolina:

Boston's design is a bit different, but the Savannah and Provence bridges are very similar. It looks like the French bridge was constructed in 2000 — 10 years after the Savannah bridge. (The Boston bridge opened in 2003.)

So the French get an "Originality FAIL."

UPDATE: More examples, as pointed out by Burrito Justice in the comments.

The oldest of them all: The Skybridge near Vancouver (built in 1989).

And the more recent Millau Viaduct in France, which opened in 2004 (the tallest vehicular bridge in the world).

SECOND UPDATE: Closer to home, you can see cool visuals of our own Bay Bridge under construction on this site. The bridge has its own superlative: It will be the world’s longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge.