Tobiuo Bridge, Japan
The five-span four-lane Tobiuo Bridge is part of a beltway surrounding the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture that provided a principal access route to the Pacific Flora 2004, Shizuoka International Garden and Horticulture Exhibition in 2004. The bridge was named after a legendary swimmer from Hamamatsu, nicknamed "- fujiyama no tobiuo" (flying fish of the country of Mt.Fuji), as suggested by the public.
The bridge spans are 38.5-45.0-90-130-80.5 m, total length is 386 m, total width is 25.8 m. The structure is carried by two sets of eight parallel DYWIDAG extradosed cables type VC 37 x 0.6" in a single central plane, with two pylons made of structural steel on the main piers, height - only - 13 m.
The pylons including preinstalled cable saddles are assembled in a factory in two parts, for ease of transportation to the construction site.
The cable strands are provided with three layers of corrosion protection. They are epoxycoated (FLO-BOND), placed in polyethylene pipes and cement-grouted after tensioning.
Four 2,500 t bearings are installed above the main piers as bearings to distribute lateral forces during an earthquake. Seismic isolation systems are installed for all sets of stay cables. High-performance dampers were chosen for the extradosed cables because the erection site is subject to extremely strong monsoon winds during winter.