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  Strait of Messina Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Strait of Messina Bridge is a planned suspension bridge that is to cross the Strait of Messina—a narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of mainland Italy.
The bridge's suspension system relies on two pairs of steel cables, each with a diameter of 1.24 metres and a total length, between the anchor blocks, of 5,300 metres.
On the mainland, the bridge will connect to the new stretch of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway (A3) and to the planned Naples-Reggio Calabria High-Speed railway line; on the Sicilian side, to the Messina-Catania (A18) and Messina-Palermo (A20) motorways as well as the new Messina railway station (to be built by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Strait_of_Messina_Bridge   (583 words)

 Strait of Messina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Strait of Messina is the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria.
A ferry connects Messina (Sicily) with the mainland at Villa San Giovanni and Reggio in Calabria.
When built, the Strait of Messina Bridge will be the largest single-span bridge in the world, with a span of 3,300 m (about 2 miles).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Strait_of_Messina   (339 words)

 Vaesna Sok
The span of a bridge is the length of the deck between consecutive piers.
For the Messina Strait Bridge, probably even less of the load would be live, simply because of the massive weight of the materials in the deck, wires and cables.
However, the Strait of Messina bridge must be a suspension bridge, because of the strength, the materials required, and the distance involved.Lessons from the Tacoma Narrows.
www.cco.caltech.edu /~sciwrite/journal03/sok.html   (2888 words)

 Strait of Messina Bridge Project
The Strait of Messina (divides the island of Sicily from Calabria in southern Italy) is 2 miles (3km) wide.
The bridge will be 60 m (196 feet wide) and will have 12 lanes for traffic and two lanes in the middle for trains.
Stretto di Messina has cancelled the bids for the next stage of the detailed design of the Messina Bridge.
bridgepros.com /projects/Strait_of_Messina_Bridge   (1030 words)

 Strait of Messina Bridge: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Strait of Messina Bridge is a suspension bridge[For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link] that is being planned to cross the Strait of Messina Strait of Messina quick summary:
The strait of messina is the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of sicily and the southern tip of italy....
Akashi-kaikyo bridge (; akashi-kaiky hashi) is a suspension bridge in japan that crosses the akashi...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/st/strait_of_messina_bridge.htm   (1399 words)

 ASTER Image Gallery: Strait of Messina
The Strait of Messina Bridge Project, if completed, would stand as one of the Landmark Bridges of the 21st century.
The Strait of Messina divides the island of Sicily from Calabria in southern Italy, and is 3km wide.
The bridge will be 60 m wide and will have 12 lanes for traffic and two lanes in the middle for trains.
asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov /gallery-detail.asp?name=Messina   (233 words)

 Messina, Strait of on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Italy's Messina Bridge project to be presented by end of year.
MESSINA, STRAIT OF [Messina, Strait of] channel, c.20 mi (32 km) long and from 2 to 10 mi (3.2-16 km) wide, separating the Italian peninsula from Sicily and connecting the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.
A ferry crosses the dangerous waters of the strait from Messina to Villa San Giovanni; a suspension bridge spanning the narrows of the strait N of Messina and Reggio di Calabria has been proposed.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/m/messinas1t.asp   (352 words)

 FRONTLINE/WORLD Fellows . Sicily - A Bridge Too Far? . Jamiolkowski| PBS
Jamiolkowski sat next to a small, glass-encased model of the Messina bridge and explained that the project is completely feasible.
Now the Strait of Messina has come to symbolize the broken promises and growing doubts that the gap between mainland Italy and Sicily will ever be healed.
Bridge opponents say the project would bring more troubles to the Mezzogiorno, but won't truly solve its current problems like unemployment, lack of infrastructure, unstable water supply and Mafia corruption.
www.pbs.org /frontlineworld/fellows/sicily0404/9.html   (672 words)

 USATODAY.com - A bridge too far no more: Sicily span gets OK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The concept of a bridge that would hook Italy together and bring Sicily into the mainland —; and the modern age — is nothing new.
In its monolithic simplicity, the bridge will be an architectural and technological wonder, a third again as long as the Akashi Kaikyo bridge in Japan, the longest suspension bridge in existence.
The area is earthquake prone (in 1908 at least 80,000 people on both sides of the strait were killed in one quake), and close to Mount Etna, an active volcano that produces emissions that reduce visibility often enough to occasionally force the nearby airport at Catania to close.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-05-19-italy-bridge_x.htm   (1379 words)

 Launch of Stretto di Messina Bridge Project: News from Stretto di Messina
Mr Pietro Ciucci, CEO of Stretto di Messina, confirmed today, "The purpose of this initiative is to give as much information as possible on the Bridge Project including the construction methods and timetable for the completion of the works.
The financial feasibility of the Bridge is based on raising 40% of the total capital requirements through increasing the share capital of Stretto di Messina by €2.5 billion, to be injected progressively in line with the Project's needs.
Once completed, the Bridge will be an integral part of a set of trans-European road, rail and sea systems, as stated by the European Union: the Berlin-Palermo train Axis, Corridor VIII which runs between Bari and Warna (in Bulgaria) and Corridor V between Lisbon and Kiev.
www.buildingtalk.com /news/sto/sto100.html   (993 words)

 Prime contractor for Strait of Messina Bridge: News from Chartered Institute of Building [CIOB]
A tender without precedent, was how Pietro Ciucci, chief executive of the Strait of Messina Bridge concessionaire described the situation when in May he announced that two of the three groups who prequalified had got their bids in by the revised deadline set for 2005-05-25.
The Strait of Messina crossing is a big enough project in itself but the framework agreement settled with the Italian Government provides for substantial improvements to the mainland roads network connecting the bridge to the Salerno - Reggio di Calabria motorway.
Construction of the bridge will it is understood be financed wholly from private resources, but the major road and rail improvements agreed upon as part of the overall scheme to uplift the economy of Southern Italy will require substantial funding input from the transport authorities concerned.
www.buildingtalk.com /news/tch/tch266.html   (1298 words)

 Bridging the Strait of Messina - Best of Sicily Magazine
According to specifications, it will be the world's longest suspension bridge of its particular kind (between two towers), its centre span, at 3,300 metres, eclipsing those of Japan's Akashi Kaikyo (at 1,991) and Denmark's Great Bealt (1,624), as well as the Verrazano Narrows and Golden Gate.
This length is necessary to avoid the strait's phenomenal depths, and the design allows the structure to withstand earthquakes measuring as high as 7.1 on the Richter scale, a seismic action greater than that which destroyed most of Messina in 1908.
Charybdis and Scylla, the forces that menaced Odysseus (Ulysses) at the Strait of Messina, may finally be subdued.
www.bestofsicily.com /mag/art56.htm   (805 words)

 A Bridge Too Far - - science news articles online technology magazine articles A Bridge Too Far   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Already, the bridge’s novel design, with a deck shaped like an airplane wing, is being used as a template for future bridges across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Bering Strait.
The Messina Bridge is the biggest breakthrough in design since the Golden Gate, says structural aerodynamics consultant Giorgio Diana, a professor at Milan Polytechnic Institute.
They say that the strait is both a major flyway for migrating birds—more than 300 species use it each year, 181 of them threatened or endangered—and an important migratory route for bluefin tuna.
www.discover.com /issues/may-04/features/bridge-too-far   (903 words)

 Strait of Messina: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A ferry connects Messina (Messina: A port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina) (Sicily) with the mainland at Villa San Giovanni in Calabria (Calabria: A region of southern Italy (forming the toe of the Italian `boot')).
There is also a hydrofoil service from Messina to Reggio di Calabria (Reggio di Calabria: reggio calabria, located on the toe of the italian boot, is the capital of the province...
When built, the Strait of Messina Bridge (Strait of Messina Bridge: the strait of messina bridge is a suspension bridge that is being planned to cross the...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/strait_of_messina   (333 words)

 After 30 years of planning, Sicilian bridge remains up in the air
For millennia, Italians have been dreaming of a bridge across the Strait of Messina, the narrow neck of water that prevents the backside of Sicily from getting a swift kick from the mainland's boot.
The present plan calls for the longest suspension bridge on record to be built between Messina, on the island, and Reggio di Calabria.
Part of the problem, Giorgianni said, is that the plans for the bridge have been perennially caught between the Scylla of technology and the Charybdis of politics as Ulysses is said to have been in peril navigating between the Strait of Messina's renowned rock and whirlpool.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/21/MNGOV6OL2P1.DTL   (661 words)

 WSDOT - Tacoma Narrows Bridge History: Resources
The main feature is the bridge design software, which allows the user to "model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria." Completed designs can be submitted online for unofficial judging.
A Tale of Three Bridges is a retrospective exhibit that highlights the construction of the 1940 and 1950 bridges and the new bridge that will open to traffic in spring 2007.
Six decades after the first Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound, a the third span that runs parallel to the 1950 bridge is on the rise.
www.wsdot.wa.gov /TNBhistory/resources.htm   (727 words)

 Frontline/WORLD: A Bridge Too Far? (washingtonpost.com)
Bridge planners and the Italian government insist that they will have extra security patrolling the bridge if and when it is built.
Bridge designers studied several different models, and decided on the current design because they believe it is the safest plan.
The strait has very strong currents, and is in a very earthquake-prone area, so a low bridge and tunnel designs were considered too dangerous.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A52800-2004Apr29.html   (1859 words)

 WWF - Environmentalists: Stop tenders for the construction of the Bridge of Messina
The Strait of Messina in the middle of the Mediterranean area, a region identified as Priority Eco-region in which the WWF’s conservation efforts are concentrated (in italian)
Thus, Italia Nostra, Legambiente (Italian Environmental League) and the WWF expressed their views on the conclusive valuations of the consulting Commission of Messina “On the environmental and social sustainability of the bridge over the Straight of Messina”, the contents of which were illustrated over a round table meeting in Rome.
In the consulting Commission of the Commune of Messina’s conclusive report, which was approved on the 26th of March 2005, it was underlined that the cost of the bridge has been largely underestimated.
www.panda.org /news_facts/newsroom/news/index.cfm?uNewsID=20795&uLangID=1   (552 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Debate over Sicily bridge spans Italy‘s past, future
Residents who oppose the bridge and the disruption they think it would bring envision their idyllic corner converted into a huge, dust-choked construction pit.
But the company in charge of designing the bridge, Stretto di Messina, said that it would keep the disruption to a minimum and that the fresh investment, new employment, and boost to the economy would more than compensate for any sacrifice by residents.
The city of Messina was flattened and 80,000 people were killed on both sides of the strait in a 1908 quake.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2004/09/05/debate_over_sicily_bridge_spans_italy145s_past_future?mode=PF   (1181 words)

 International Market Research - Strait of Messina Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Stretto di Messina SpA is a corporation founded in 1981 to project, finance, and manage the bridge, but it is apparently only since more recently (1992) that the company has become operational.
On June 30, 2003, the Bridge over the Strait was declared one of the 18 priority European projects by the Van Miert Group, set up by the European Commission with the scope of identifying priority projects for investments by the European Partners.
The bridge is designed to resist wind speeds in excess of 216 kilometers an hour and earthquakes exceeding 7 on the Richter scale (more powerful than the quake that destroyed Messina in 1908).
strategis.ic.gc.ca /epic/internet/inimr-ri.nsf/en/gr123256e.html   (875 words)

 EO Newsroom: New Images - Strait of Messina   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Strait of Messina divides the island of Sicily from Calabria in southern Italy, and is 3 km wide.
The bridge is expected to cost $5 billion and take 11 years to build.
The bridge will be 60 meters wide and will have twelve lanes for traffic and two lanes in the middle for trains.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=16295   (254 words)

 COWI to design the world's largest bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The bridge is part of the development of southern Italy by expanding the infrastructure.
The bridge will be designed with a life span of 200 years taking into account earthquakes and strong winds.
The total amount of steel wires to be used for the Messina bridge would be long enough to reach 20 times around the world.
www.cowi.com /cowi/en/menu/news/newsarchive/2005/cowihasbeennominatedtocarryoutthedesignoftheworldslargestsuspensionbridge.htm   (683 words)

 JUST Response | Antonio Mazzeo | Bridge over troubled water (Messina Strait)
Criminal organisations, major financial holding groups and building companies have been focusing increasing attention on the Messina Strait Bridge project, especially since the project’s relaunch by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and the minister for transport and infrastructures Pietro Lunardi.
They have actually been “preparing” the terrain for the Bridge’s construction for quite a while thanks to a system of social alliances and mechanisms involving media, economy, sections of the judiciary and universities as well as organised crime and masonic lodges.
Were the Strait area not dominated by a single editorial group with a manufacturing of consent that is every bit as efficient at the local level as it is ramified and extended at the national level, there would probably have been fruitful debate on a whole range of projects.
www.justresponse.net /bridge_over_troubled_water.html   (1062 words)

 Strait of Messina Bridge - Popular Science
The 10-lane bridge would be capable of flexing 30 feet during earthquakes of up to 7.1 on the Richter scale.
But the wind remains treacherous to the bridge and to large trucks and trains crossing it, says Khaled Mahmoud, director of long-span bridges at Hardesty & Hanover, a New York engineering firm that first began sketching Messina designs in 1969.
The bridge project remains stalled, however; the Italian government can’t manage the enormous expense on its own, and private investors fret there won’t be enough traffic to recoup their outlay.
www.popsci.com /popsci/science/a0a10b4511b84010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html   (251 words)

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