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Maximum Bridge Deflection

A small structure can’t move much or it would break. (If a house swayed one inch / 2.5 cm to the side in an earthquake, there would be damage). A very large structure can move (displace) a large amount because the amount of bending per unit length is small, yet it still adds up to large overall amount. This exhibit simply posts (literally with posts) the sideways movement at midspan the Bridge is designed to accommodate: 27.7-inch (8.4 m) to left (west) and the same amount to the right (east).

STATUS: Not within the original scope of this project, there are no further plans to do this exhibit at this time.

No further plans for this exhibit at this time.


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