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Super Bridge

Program Overview


When the old Clark bridge at Alton, Illinois, became less fit for carrying traffic across the Mississippi River, a team of designers and engineers was called in to apply its knowledge of science and art to build a new bridge. The team faced numerous challenges. How could team members

  • construct towers that would support the weight of the bridge, road, and traffic load?

  • build a bridge while not interfering with river barge traffic?

  • design a bridge that would be within budget, aesthetic, and safe?

In this two-hour special, NOVA tracks the work of engineers, construction crews, contractors, surveyors, and project managers as they build the new Clark bridge from the ground up.

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