The Buchanan Swinging Bridge is feet long, Route 11, and numerous floods. Toll for every person to pass through this wood covered bridge was five cents with an additional five cents for each horse, mule or oxen and five cents for each wagon. On June 13, the covered bridge was burned by Confederate General McCausland in an effort to prevent Federal troops from crossing the James River on their way to Lynchburg.
I thought it would be fun to share the basics of this design as an Instructable for people who have enough skill to be able to take the information and work with it. And as we do in our book, we recommend having your specific design approved by an engineer just to be on the safe side. So here you go! We also have a blog with a fairly recent materials price list, hints and tips, and other projects. Link is at the end of this Instructable. PS Thank you all so much for the votes in the Outdoors Contest!
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A simple suspension bridge also rope bridge , swing bridge in New Zealand , suspended bridge , hanging bridge and catenary bridge is a primitive type of bridge in which the deck of the bridge lies on two parallel load-bearing cables that are anchored at eather end. They have no towers or piers. The cables follow a shallow downward catenary arc which moves in response to dynamic loads on the bridge deck. The arc of the deck, and its large movement under load make them unsuitable for vehicular, or railroad, traffic. Simple suspension bridges are restricted in their use to foot traffic.
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