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The Honshu-Shikoku Bridges

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Nearly a quarter of century after construction began, the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project - connecting Japan's two main islands by three road and rail links - has entered the final stage of construction. The bridges form a part of the nationwide highway and railway network. This huge project calls for 16 long-span bridges in the Seto Inland Sea. The first completed link, the Seto Ohashi Link, with six long-span bridges for both road and rail traffic, has been in service since 1987. The girder for these bridges is a truss-type double-decked structure with a 4-lane road on the upper deck. The lower deck carries a double track of rails for ordinary trains and an additional double-track for a future high-speed "bullet" train.

Keywords: Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (Japan); Cable-stayed bridges; Highway bridges; Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project (Japan); Kurushima Bridge (Japan); Suspension bridges; Tatara Bridge (Japan)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2749/101686698780489531

Publication date: February 1, 1998

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