Saturday, January 16, 2016

Double Helix bridges the gap

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Beer Sheva's new Double Helix bridge was officially opened last week!
Half a year ago train traffic was shut down for one weekend so giant cranes could lift the bridge parts into place.


The small pedestrian bridge on the left lets students walk from the train and bus stations over to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The new big bridge lets people walk over to the growing Advanced Technologies Park.


Trains go under (it's less than an hour to Tel Aviv).


And people go over.


The view from the bridge: Ramot, a new neighborhood of Beer Sheva.


The train station and bus stops.
And a parking lot for the Park and Ride folks. 


Some escalator repair was still needed last Thursday.


There are two flights of escalators up to the top and also an elevator.


All the photos can be much enlarged with a click or two.
Here is a bit more information:
Double Helix Bridge Connecting ATP to Train Station Dedicated
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(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday.)
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UPDATE: A nice article about how Beer Sheva is growing, with a photo of the bridge when it was still lying on the earth in two big sections.
UPDATE Oct. 2, 2017:  The bridge won an international award!  Here is the announcement with a beautiful little video:  http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/bridge_award.aspx
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9 comments:

William Kendall said...

I really like the style of the bridge!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Interesting structures!

Hels said...

I like it too! Although I would probably use the lift, for photos and views, the escalators up to the top would be unmatchable.

Alice said...

Amazing!!!

crederae said...

HI Dina.
It is a nice design the double helix.
Is this with reference to the dna strands?
well we cant forget our origins if it is.
have a beautiful day.

VP said...

The kind of architecture I like...

Jim said...

I like the design of the footbridge.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful design for a bridge.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Goodness that's quite an amazing construction Dina. I enjoyed the description on the link.. 'it is covered for protection from the rain at the same time open to catch the breeze' sounds perfect. You took some pretty fantastic photos here.