Minato Bridge

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Minato Bridge
Minato Ohashi Osaka1.jpg
Coordinates 34°38′39″N 135°26′15″E / 34.644069°N 135.437629°E / 34.644069; 135.437629 (Minato Bridge)Coordinates: 34°38′39″N 135°26′15″E / 34.644069°N 135.437629°E / 34.644069; 135.437629 (Minato Bridge)
Carries vehicular traffic
Locale Osaka, Japan
Maintained by Hanshin Expressway Company, Limited
Design double-deck cantilever truss bridge[1]
Material high-strength steel[2]
Total length 983 metres (3,225 ft)[1]
Width 22.5 metres (74 ft) (deck)[1]
Longest span 1 × 510 metres (1,670 ft)
2 × 235 metres (771 ft)[2]
Clearance below 51 metres (167 ft)[2]
Construction end 1973[1]
Construction cost US$117 million[3]
Opened 1974[1][2]

The Minato Bridge is a double-deck cantilever truss bridge in Osaka, Japan; upper deck is for Hanshin Expressway Route 16 Osakako Line, and lower deck is Route 5 Bayshore Line. It opened in 1974. It is the third-longest cantilever truss span in the world, behind the Quebec Bridge and the Forth Bridge.[2]

Designs including arch and suspension elements were eliminated from consideration due to poor subsoil conditions of alternating layers of clay and gravel. Instead, the designers selected a cantilever structure using high-strength steel, to reduce mass.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Minato Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved on 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2008). Bridges 2009 (calendar). Reston, Virginia: ASCE. pp. April featured bridge. ISBN 978-0-7844-1001-1. 
  3. ^ "Construction Facts - The Sourcebook of Statistics, Records and Resources" (PDF), Engineering News Record, McGraw Hill, vol. 251, Number 20a, November 2003, retrieved 9 August 2014