Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ribbon Bridge





Quick post today. This morning's walk to the "first of its kind" ribbon stress bridge in North America. This bridge was opened in 1990 and spans the Sacramento River. It is very close to my house. We have a wonderful trail system here that you can walk or bike for miles and miles and miles.




14 comments:

Gemel said...

What a beautiful part of the world you live in, would be lovely to join you for a walk across the bridge and into the stunning native trails. Enjoy your slice of heaven x

Leah said...

That is fantastic! I'd never heard of a ribbon bridge--but it looks literally like a ribbon stretched between two points! I love it.

otin said...

What is the special quality that defines a ribbon bridge, I couldn't read the sign at this early hour?

Mrsupole said...

You live in such a great area, that would be a nice place to go for a walk. I hope all is going well with the family there. Take it easy.

God bless.

subtorp77 said...

Ronda, I've heard of this but never seen it. Way cool piece of engineering and awesome way to walk over the river...

Brian Miller said...

love the trails. wish we had a bridge like that nearby. hows the new job location going?

Baino said...

Lovely bridge, I bet it 'bounces' a little as you cross. Sadly, my walks are being built out by suburbia and I have to drive a little for the tranquility of country but it's worth it.

VE said...

"miles and miles..." in 110 degree heat too...

Ronda Laveen said...

Gemel: I agree. It would be lovely to join you for a morning's walk through the trails. Here it gets so hot that if you are not done by 11 a.m., you'll wish you were.

Leah: It does indeed look like a piece of ribbon. I have walked across it many times kind of taking it for granted. Then my brother-in-law comes to visit. He is an engineer and had heard about this bridge and had to see it. That is when I gained a whole new respect for its presence.

Otin: If you click on the picture, it is easier to read the sign. There are 236 steel cables inside the concrete bridge deck. The cables are connected to rock anchors drilled deep into the solid bedrock. They chose this design so as not to damage the natural rock outcroppings along the river or encroach into the floodplain with fill or bridge piers.

Sherry: We've had a great visit with family and have had a wonderful time being tour guides. They just left an hour ago. Feels kinda lonesome after a week.

Subby: It is a way cool piece of engineering that I only recently came to respect. It is a stunning way to cross the river. You should see the salmon jump here.

Brian: I've moved a few small things and supplies into the work space. Carpets were supposed to be cleaned this weekend and now that company has gone, I will have time to work on it on my days off.

Baino: It does bounce a bit when you cross. We have so many natural areas here that are protected and preserved. We are truly lucky but it does come at a price because there are not many good jobs here. The city father's don't let very many businesses here as they will compromise our habitat.

VE: You have got that right! And we've been hitting that 110 degrees lately. It has backed off a bit the last couple of days.

Marianna said...

So great! Thanks for the pics Ronda!

xoxo

otin said...

OHHHHHHH! LOL!

Ronda Laveen said...

Marianna: You're welcome, my queen.

Otin: It is a very cool bridge.

Megan said...

I wish I could have walked on that bridge today! Thanks for the picture.

tony said...

Nice To Come across a Structure Built that takes into account the environment around & under it.Happy Trails!