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The Horizontal Eiffel

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Gustave Eiffel’s 2.5km Long Bien Bridge (1903) in Hanoi has suffered many indiginities in the last 40 years. Half of the cantilever bridge was wiped out by bombing in the Vietnam War. More recent flooding and a truck that was a little bit too tall have further damaged the bridge spans, so much so that a festival that was to celebrate it has been pushed back to next January. The French Government is currently negotiating a project to return the bridge to its original state.

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Posted by Peter on 15.11.08 in structural engineers

 

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