Choluteca Bridge – Diverted Thoughts

Choluteca Bridge – Diverted Thoughts

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   Friday 5th March 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Choluteca Bridge

Have you heard of The Choluteca Bridge story? I had not until quite recently. The Choluteca bridge is a 484 m. long bridge in Honduras in a region notorious for storms and hurricanes. The bridge, completed in 1998, was a modern marvel of engineering, designed to withstand powerful forces of nature. But as it turns out, in the same year that the bridge was commissioned for use, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch, which caused considerable damage to the nation and its infrastructure.

Many other bridges were damaged, but the Choluteca bridge survived in near perfect condition. However, roads on either end of the bridge completely vanished, leaving no visible trace of their prior existence. More impressively, the Choluteca River (which is several hundred feet wide) had carved itself a new channel during the massive flooding caused by the hurricane. It no longer flowed beneath the bridge, which now spanned dry ground. The bridge quickly became known as “The Bridge to Nowhere.”

The lesson for all of us is that often we focus on creating the best solution for a given problem. We forget that the problem itself might change. We focus on building the most sophisticated product or service without thinking that requirements could evolve, or the market could vanish. And this lesson could not be more relevant to the current times – instead of “Built to Last,” which has been a popular corporate mantra in the past to build the “Bridge to Nowhere”, “Build to Adapt” seems certainly to be the way to go in the future.

TOP TEN + FIVE OF THE DAY

15 Great Bridge

15. The Great Belt bridge is actually two bridges – an Eastern and a Western section, split by the small island of Sprogø.

  1. Chapel Bridge

The Chapel Bridge is a 204 meter (670 foot) long bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in Switzerland.

  1. Chengyang Bridge

Chengyang Bridge (also known as Wind and Rain Bridge) was built in 1916, and it is the most famous among the wind and rain bridges in the Dong Minority Region in China. The bridge stretches across the Linxi River and it still in heavy use.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge

Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

  1. Alcantara Bridge

Crossing the Tagus River at Alcántara in Spain, the Alcántara Bridge is a masterpiece of ancient Roman bridge building. stop the Portuguese.

  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour. It took eight years to build and opened in March 1932.

  1. Stari Most

Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”) is a famous bridge crossing the river Neretva in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built by the Ottaman Turks in 1566 and stood for 427 years, until the bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to rebuild it, and the new bridge opened in 2004.

  1. Si-o-se Pol

Si-o-se Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) is a famous bridge in the Iranian city of Isfahan. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. Commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I, the bridge is build of bricks and stones. It is 295 meters long and 13.75 meters wide. It is said that the bridge originally comprised 40 arches however this number gradually reduced to 33.

  1. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, is the longest suspension bridge at 1,991 metres (6,532 feet) in the world. It spans the Akashi Strait in Japan connecting Kobe on the mainland and Iwaya on Awayi Island.

  1. Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal. The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was completed in.

  1. Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is a famous is a stone Gothic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

  1. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name and has become an iconic symbol of London. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years to build..

  1. Millau Bridge

The Millau Viaduct is an enormous cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with the highest pylon’s summit at 343 meters (1,125 ft) — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower. The speed limit on the bridge was reduced from 130 km/h (81 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph) because of traffic slowing down, due to tourists taking pictures of the bridge from the vehicles. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic, passengers were stopping to admire the landscape and the bridge itself.

  1. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north. Probably one of the most famous bridges in the world. The masterwork of architect Joseph B. Strauss, whose statue graces the southern observation deck, the bridge took seven years to build, and was completed in 1937.

  1. Ponte Vecchio

#1 of Most Famous Bridges In The World. The Ponte Vecchio (literally “old bridge”) is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River in Florence; the only Florentine bridge to survive WW2. The bridge is famous for still having shops built along it, as was common in the days of the Medici. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a merchant could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the “banco”) was physically broken (“rotto”) by soldiers, and this practice was called “bancorotto” (broken table).

 

I feel the list ignores the Forth railway bridge, Scotland. Surely that should be on the list?

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written. – Juansen Dizon

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…a steam engine passing over the Ribblesdale Viaduct Bridge, North Yorkshire.

 

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

A recent survey was conducted to study the effect alcohol has on walking,

The results were staggering.

LOVE IS…

Love is…a turning point.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to build a bridge…A time to build a tunnel.

YOUR HISTORY

2006 Nature documentary “Planet Earth” narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC

2002 American reality TV program “The Osbournes” featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV.

1971 “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

1853 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City.

 

LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk is a Feelgood Blog.

You come here to be cheered up. Over the last few weeks, we have avoided showing Covid-19 statistics for the UK as they have been depressing. But we seem to have turned the corner and the figures are looking far better and improving daily to give us so much hope. So, as an important part of cheering us all up we will show the daily improving figures.

Total Cases                         4,201,358                             Latest Daily New Cases                  6,573

People in Hospital            12,136                                   Change on Day                                  -738

Total deaths                       124,025                                 New Deaths 24 Hr Period             242

Total 1st Vaccine Dose   20,982,571                           Latest Daily Figure                           278,956

 

 

 

 

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