Tatara Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that is a part of Nishiseto Expressway, also known as Shimanami Kaido. The connection is a series of roads and bridges and is one of the three routes connecting the islands of Honshu and Shikoku.
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Tatara Bridge was originally planned as a suspension bridge in 1973. In 1989, the design was changed to a cable-stayed bridge. By building a cable-stayed bridge a large excavation for the anchorages would not be needed. This would reduce the environmental impact in the area.
The steel towers are 220 metres high and shaped like an inverted Y. The bridge has a centre span of 890 metres.
The bridge opened in 1999 and has two lanes of traffic in each direction.
Keen observers (and those of you living here in Sydney) will also notice it’s distinct similarity to the Anzac Bridge here in Sydney.