more images of the bridge featured in 49.1.
Since this is the third post devoted to this particular bridge, it’s time it had a name. I hereby christen it Ben.
Appearances notwithstanding, I am not a bridge groupie. I go to Chinatown fairly often for my fix of Sumiyaki Coffee at the Saint’s Alp Teahouse  – the bridge happens to be on the way and it is impossible to miss.
I happen to like this one in particular for its looks, its intent and its straightforward, gutsy engineering solution. While there’s nothing elegant about it [a Calatrava bridge it is not], there’s something endearing about its simplicity – two towers, aligned to fit on the skewed site, each supporting a large concrete counterweight and mechanisms to raise and lower the weights. In response, the portion of the bridge that spans the river rises to allow passage of boats and barges. Simple in concept and execution – steel held together with rivets. Design that works.