The old masonry was subsequently utilized to cover the exterior of a new concrete construction. Sundt Construction in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, rebuilt the bridge and re-dedicated it on October 10, 1971. The new concrete span is about 80 feet shorter than the old one.
The Arizona Bridge is a reinforced concrete construction coated in the original 1830s masonry of the bridge... The London Bridge (Lake Havasu City)
|London Bridge in Lake Havasu|
|Construction start||1825 1967 (rebuild)|
|Construction end||1831 1971 (rebuild)|
|Opened||August 1, 1831 (London) October 10, 1971 (Lake Havasu)|
The current London Bridge is a much newer structure, built in the 1960s. The dismantled bridge in 1831 was sold, and it was relocated and reassembled stone by stone in Lake Havasu, Arizona. London Bridge "came down" countless times throughout the years, only to be rebuilt stronger each time. The last complete section was put up in 1969.
Have you ever heard the expression "as dead as a doornail"? That's what people used to say about England when she lost a war or something important like that. They would also use such expressions when talking about someone who was really dead: "He's as dead as a doornail."
Do you know how they determined death in the past? Well, they would examine the nails on the door frame of the person's house. If all the nails were still there, then he or she was alive. Otherwise, he or she was dead. This is how they knew how to take care of the bodies back then.
Here's another old saying: "To be honest with you, I am as honest as a doornail." People used to be very honest back then. If they weren't, they wouldn't have been able to tell their friends how they actually were feeling.
Here's one more thing you should know about doorknobs. They used to be made out of bone until about 1800.
Location, Lake Havasu City, London Bridge In 1968, an American entrepreneur purchased London Bridge, all 10,000 tons of it, and carried it brick by brick to the Arizona desert hamlet of Lake Havasu City. There, he built a replica of the bridge.
Lake Havasu City is a resort town on the Colorado River in Mohave County, about 90 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The city lies within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon State Park. More than 7 million tourists visit the park each year.
The London Bridge was completed in 1824 and stands more than 50 feet high with 70 arches. It connects the cities of London and Brighton by road. The route follows the A23 road across the English Channel from London to the south coast of England.
The original London Bridge was a single-span stone structure that was originally about 1,200 feet long. The new American version has three spans: a 115-foot-long central section made up of precast concrete panels attached to steel girders; two 125-foot-long side sections also made up of precast concrete panels attached to steel girders.
All together, the new London Bridge is nearly 2,500 feet long and stands near the middle of the A23 highway.
Chapel Bridge/Rebuilt, 14 April 1994.
The Lake Havasu London Bridge connects Lake Havasu City, Arizona to London, England. It was erected in the 1830s and used to bridge the River Thames in London, England. ...Bridge of London (Lake Havasu City)
|London Bridge in Lake Havasu|
|Longest span||45.6 metres (150 ft)|
|No. of spans||5|
An investigation concluded that the bridge was not adequately designed to withstand severe winds. It was replaced with a second iron and steel bridge with a double-track parallel to the remnants of the old bridge. Work began on the bridge on July 6, 1883, and it was completed in 1887. The new bridge cost £150,000 ($1.5 million) at the time it was built.
In addition to its role as a transportation link, the new Tay Bridge also served as an example or model for many other bridges built thereafter. One of these was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed much of the city. When plans were made to rebuild Chicago, they looked to the new bridge for design ideas. This experience is said to have had a profound effect on the development of modern urban planning concepts.
The new Tay Bridge was an improvement on its predecessor. It was longer (902 feet vs 731 feet), wider (98 feet vs 75 feet), higher (70 feet vs 60 feet), and stronger (100,000 pounds per lane vs 20,000 pounds). It also used heavier girders (which helped it be more stable in windy conditions).
However, it was still being used extensively as a railway bridge, so when a strong storm blew up one night in 1890, no one was prepared for what happened next. The new bridge was completely destroyed by the wind in less than two minutes, killing 43 people.
Because the bridge's spans built in 1954 and 1971 did not meet interstate requirements, the decision was taken to rebuild it. Construction began in 1984 and was completed in February 1987. The earlier bridge was dismantled, and its ends became fishing piers.