Story: Bridges and tunnels

Types of bridges

This interactive illustrates the main types of bridges used in New Zealand. The major challenge for bridge builders was how to carry weight over a long span without intermediate supports. The arrows on the drawings show how the weight is dispersed to ensure that the bridges are stable and can carry loads.

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Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - Types of bridges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010