Simple and good idea
What’s great about the idea…a tunnel under a waterway? GoogleMap the Welland Canal in Thorold, Ontario, Canada that takes Highway 58 under the St. Lawrence Seaway. There’s a tunnel connecting Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan. There’s a tunnel connecting Montreal and Ile Charron.
Anyone else know of any tunnels?
Have you never seen this? This is quite common in Holland
This is so common to me, I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Or at least I take this all for granted. This picture was probably taken in the Netherlands. There are several crossings like this, particularly in the province of Friesland. There are nine in this province alone.
(Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaducten_in_Friesland )
when i first read the title of this article i thought it was sarcasm now i realize it isn’t, it appears to be a fairly good idea, the high way goes underneath the water it is the angle that the picture was shot at that made it appear bad.
And this is special because…?
Come to Netherland and you’ll see this kind of tunnels well… every 5 miles?
It’s just such a common sight in Netherland that I’m kinda shocked that someone comes up with this article almost well… 100 years after the first tunnel? Or something like that…
the great idea is called an aquaduct (and it’s not that new either)
This is very common really..
Nice view too.
Not everyone lives in the Netherlands. Theres things in every country that will amaze people from other parts of the world.
This is a very short tunnel, nothing more
This seems like a really bad idea. WHat would happen if there were a leak in the water way? that would be a bitch to fix.
great views, where it is
I know this one.
I drive trough it almost every day.
It connects Flevoland with Gelderland in Holland.
I think it is Holland- outside of Zealand perhaps. Damn them Dutch got fried chicken AND waffles. We Negrahs be luvvin the Dutch. So much blonde pootty to jerk off behind the dumpster to.
Mark is right, it connects Flevoland with Gelderland, the weird thing however, it’s this aquaduct followed by a bridge…
wow… that amazing…
It seems that they did this to allow clearance for sailboat masts, They did this to avoid a drawbridge. Very clever.
its a normal isea isnt it? a east part of the london ring road (M25) goes under the river thames but the carriage way goes on the QE2 bridge
The reason its amazing to some of us is because we don’t all live in the area where those tunnels are very common.
its not a tunnel. its an elevated water canal.
I truly don’t get this…..are there people amazed by this? Even people tlaking about how common it is in Holland…The US has plenty of tunnels. Not this short necessariy, but that makes hte “What if it leaks” concern all the more silly. If a mile long tunnel dozens of feet below the water isn’t going to leak, neither is this.
you know building a bridge is easier and cheaper…
This seems like a terrible idea… A bad storm, or other rising water issues could flood the tunnel and lock out the highway…
The Blackwall Tunnel in London, very old (possibly the oldest) – under the river Thames
How about the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel between Hampton and Norfolk, Va (the tunnel section in the middle to permit Navy Aircraft Carriers, etc access to the Norfolk piers)? It’s 3.5 miles long on I-64 and has been in use since 1957.
The Romans were building these several thousand years ago. So whats new???
Great idea? And what happens when theres a flood and the canals start bursting their banks?
Honestly, I find the idea quite dumb.
Wouldn’t it be easier to build a bridge over it?
common in some countries where water and land roads cross frequently. Like the Netherlands, tho certainly not just there. Certainly not any more difficult than building bridges. Raising the road to go over the water, high enough to clear most masts of ships? Rather expensive to be honest. Drawbridges are arguably more expensive.
Considering this is an aquaduct in the Netherlands, flooding surely wont be too much of a problem, they made half their country to begin with….
The joke is that its suck a short tunnel they should’ve just built a bridge for traffic…
we got a few here in Dubai too.. they mostly go under sea-water.
one is to go from the “Palm Island” to the outer ‘ring’ which acts like a breakwater – (pretty new)
and the other is pretty damn old.. been there as far back as i can remember (late 1980s?) which crosses the creek. (primarily it’s to allow boats/ships with high-clearance to come through the creek/waterway)
thats why its not a really dumb idea. building a really HIGH bridge means you either have to make it really steep (totally impractical for average vehicles) or REALLY long (impractical for narrow/congested areas and also more expensive – more material used)
Disney World has one too!
This is not a tunnel, it serves an entirely different purpose. It sounds like most of you are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Just hear me out and you’ll see what I mean. Instead of this being a way for cars to get to the other side of the water, it is rather a way for boats to get to the other side of the land mass. It will make more sense if you think of it as a bridge for boats- so that they can cut across a barrier island without going all the way around to the next natural inlet. It’s a much more elegant solution than digging a canal and then building a bridge (for the cars) over that.
I wouldn’t be too concerned about flooding either… it’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to canals and waterways, the Dutch have some of the best civil engineers on Earth. Plus, you know, a little bit of experience with the subject.
One more thing- for those of you who do not think this is impressive because you’ve seen them so many times before- Congratulations. Would you like a medal? Your jaded cynicism impresses us all. Fortunately, however, we are not all as dead to the world as you. Just a quick example: There is a building where I live that was designed by Louis Sullivan. I pass by it nearly every day and I still unfailingly appreciate it as a beautiful work of architecture. I guess for you it would be nothing special, at least after the first day. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by things that were fascinating the first time I saw them years ago, and are still equally worthy of appreciation as I see them again each day. If you really are as jaded as you try to present yourself as being, I feel sorry for you. You’re going to find life pretty hard to enjoy. If, instead, you just think that a “been there, done that, seen everything there is to see” attitude makes you seem cooler (or more worldly and experienced, or whatever the hell you think it’s doing for you), you’re wrong; it makes you sound like a spoiled child who is trying desperately to impress people.
To everybody else- Sorry about the rant. I’m just tired of hearing crap like this from people who can’t enjoy the world around them and insist on trying to ruin those rare moments of awe for everybody else. Acting like nothing impresses you does not make you seem more impressive. It makes you seem unappreciative, spoiled, and childish. Grow up, kick back, and enjoy the world around you. If you can’t do that, just keep the cynicism to yourself. It’s not as if your comments are adding to the discussion in any way whatsoever.
In my country we call this a “tunnel” seen from above…. LOL
Look at CHESAPEAKE BAY Bridge Tunnel in US. I was so impressed when I saw that.
So stupid design.
More negative than positive.
What if water level started to rise?
Not a tunnel, which is what a lot of people are missing. That road no more goes through a tunnel than a highway that goes under a normal overpass goes through a tunnel. A tunnel is dug under an obstacle. In this case, the obstacle was the road and the canal was constructed to pass over, making it an aquaduct.
I think they’re awesome personally, but this isn’t my favourite example. Google the Falkirk Wheel for a truly mind-boggling mix of canal, aquaduct and lock.
In spite of the fact that it exists in many shapes, for many years, in many countries… It’s still a good idea, though.
It’s called an aqueduct and you can find them anywhere there’s a canal.
Really great idea, in which country this bridge will be there. what is the name of this bridge.. nice shot.
This is what we call Aquaducts
this is much more spectacular: http://www.wsv.de/Grafiken/bildergalerie/impressionen/wsk09.jpg
i have a better idea, what about making a bridge over the river? Isn’t that more like…simple?
@ deepak says:
Won’t happen, the Dutch build this in 1933:
Wow! what a great idea. In which country this bridge is?
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