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suspension bridgeclick to hear

Bridge whose long deck is suspended from load-bearing cables, which are supported by the towers and anchored in the ground at both ends of the bridge.
suspension bridge anchorage block foundation of tower deck center span tower side span abutment suspension cable suspender approach ramp

anchorage block click to hear

Concrete structure on each side of the abutment; it is buried deep in the ground and the end of the suspension cable is attached to it.

foundation of tower click to hear

Solid concrete base that is anchored in the ground.

deck click to hear

Set of components making up the structure that carries the bridge’s traffic lanes.

center span click to hear

Section of the deck entirely suspended between the towers.

tower click to hear

Elevated structure made of metal or reinforced concrete; it supports the cables.

side span click to hear

Section of the span between the tower and the abutment.

abutment click to hear

Solid concrete construction whose mass counterbalances the weight of the suspended roadway.

suspension cable click to hear

Very strong, flexible component made of steel wires; it bears the weight of the deck.

suspender click to hear

Cable or metal rod connecting the suspension cable to the deck, supporting it.

approach ramp click to hear

Lane for accessing the bridge.