Bridges: Engineering Marvels

Built to carry a road or cross a ravine or river

Bridges are constructed to carry a load to deliver

Bridge designs range from very simple to complex

Some look very basic and scary from the rest

More primitive bridges make one’s legs tremble and shake

Crossing them looks like a trip, certainly not to make

Scaling Everest, the world’s tallest and best known peak

Climbers use a crevasse bridge for the thrills they seek

Enjoy a drive along one of America’s roads without despair

Cross a covered bridge that is unique and kept in good repair

More complex types are designed with beauty it seems

Trestle, arch, suspension, girder, drawbridge, and beam

Famous bridges are found nearly everywhere

Nearly all are built with a great deal of care 

Sadly, a small number of bridges fail and collapse

Due to flooding, earthquakes, or an engineering lapse

Pittsburgh claims to be the “City of Bridges” at last count

But New York City possesses more bridges, without a doubt

Some bridges are named after people of much fame

Benjamin Franklin and Andy Warhol are a couple to name

Other bridges are found in legends, films, and books

Golden Gate, Mackinac, and Brooklyn—take a look!

European designers have been busy in many places

Hamburg and Amsterdam’s bridges fill their spaces

Bridges are some of man’s greatest monuments of all

Designing impressive engineering marvels that shouldn’t fall

As some plan to demolish an old, downtrodden bridge

Expect others to stand and cry out, “Save Our Bridge”

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The Great River Bridge spans the Mississippi River at the Iowa-Illinois border.

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Entering Burlington, Iowa, a closer view of the Great River Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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