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Kuandu Bridge

Tamshui,Taipei County, Taiwan

Market Sector

Bridge

Type

Arch

Services Provided

Design, Planning, Surveying, Seismic Analysis and Design

Region

Asia Pacific

The Kuan-Du Bridge is one of the world's largest half-through continuous steel tied arch bridges, and crosses over the scenic Tan Shui River between Kuan-Du and Pali.

The 5-span bridge has a total length of approximately 539 meters and a width of 19 meters. The main spans include: two spans at 143 meters each; one span at 165 meters; and two approach spans of 44 meters each. The bridge foundations are caissons and steel pipes.

Project Highlights:

  • The Project was erected by floating three 183-meter assemblies into place by river barge. The contractor used only two bolted field splices to tie the entire bridge together.
  • This gracefully tied arch design, featuring a parabolic shape, was the first to be built of structural steel locally produced in Taiwan.
  • At the time of construction, the steel alternative was selected to demonstrate the capabilities of Taiwan's new steel industry.
  • The Kuan-Du Bridge received the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Merit Award.