Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crossing the Øresund Bridge

I’ve wanted to see the dramatic Øresund Bridge since it opened 10 years ago. I've crossed the bridge by train, but the train travels below the vehicle deck, so it is hard to really get a sense of what the bridge is like – you miss all the drama of the structure. Now I’ll finally get to see it.

But first we have to get there and traffic is at a standstill for miles around Malmo - still some distance before we get to the bridge itself.

There seems no reason for the backup until, after about a half-hour, we come to the spot where a logging truck is being re-loaded after (apparently) dumping its load onto the roadway sometime earlier in the afternoon.

After that is it smooth sailing and we end up having the bridge nearly to ourselves.

The crossing is about 10 miles, via a bridge that soars over the water 187 feet above the water and a tunnel that plunges into the sea before delivering us back into Denmark.

(For those of you who want more information, National Geographic has a series of nice videos - design, the island, the rail tunnel, designing the cable-stayed bridge, and bridge construction and operations - that discusses a huge range of technical engineering complications, including the discovery of live bombs.)

Next Post: Evening in Dragør

2 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! 10 miles?

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  2. 10 miles is what it seems to be from the sites I've found. One of my guidebooks describes the crossing as consisting of a 1411 ft artificial peninsula, a more than 2.2 mile tunnel (33 ft below the water), a 2 mile long artificial island, and the 4.9 mile cable-stay bridge.

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