Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Flipper Bridge: Hong Kong to China

Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road (thanks to the British Empire) and mainland China drives on the right side. So how do you prevent crashes when driving on a bridge between them?

Answer: The Flipper Bridge, find out more here.


At 6/16/2010 10:03 AM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

It is sad but not surprising that this elegant solution to the driving side problem will not be built. The winning design team was the most politically astute. First prize went to a proposal called "Under One Roof" which called attention to the connection of the former territories to the motherland (China). It used to be that Hong Kong was about market efficiency but even they are in homage to the central government mode now.

BTW, I had a bit part in a tv movie called Under One Roof in the last century!

At 6/16/2010 4:20 PM, Blogger Jason K said...

What a wonderfully simple and pragmatic solution. Beautiful engineering.

At 6/16/2010 4:29 PM, Anonymous Lyle said...

There is of course the solution used in the channel tunnel, where cars go on a railroad and load driving on one side and unload driving on the other. (It would have been impossible to ventilate a 20 mi + tunnel for autos.)

At 6/18/2010 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humans are creators with limitless abilities. Now on to the 'oil in the water' issue...
Hippie Bob

At 6/18/2010 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only good part is remembering about the need to swap sides, it seems like a terrible waste of resources to build 2 independent bridges, each on its own supports, and not share support structure somehow

...and how do boats get through?


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