Would Bridges in Vladivostok Meet Same Fate as Volgograd Bridge?
Engineers and builders of the bridge to Russky Island are yet to answer this question.
VLADIVOSTOK. May 25. VOSTOK-MEDIA – Last week, the Volgograd bridge was closed down after the structure started to wobble. Experts said the quivering was caused by resonance vibrations produced by strong wind gusts.
The bridge stated wobbling on May 20 at about 5:50pm and continued for half an hour. “Vibrations on the bridge spanning Volga River reached amplitude of one meter,” a spokesman for Volgograd Prosecutor’s Office said. “The largest vibrations were seen on the longest spans.” Witnesses said that spans were bouncing up throwing cars into the air.
Incidentally, it was a massive vibration produced by strong wind that caused the collapse of Tacoma bridge in 1940.
The Volgograd bridge had been constructed as long as 15 years due to the lack of financing. And although engineers said they took into account every little detail while building the bridge, the oscillations came as a complete surprise for them.
Winds that blow along the Eastern Bosphorus strait are much stronger than those in Volgograd, experts said.
At present, we receive many calls from residents of Primorye that are concerned about the bridges under construction in Vladivostok – would the meet the same fate?.. This question is yet to be answered by the engineers and builders.
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