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Thou shaltBehold joy reign in cities and in towns,Old age and youth alike contented dwell,And undulating beards of two spans long!
In some recent masonry arched bridges of spans up to 150 ft. built with hinges considerable economy has been obtained.
It had spans of 172 and 193 ft., and may be taken as a representative type of bridges of this kind.
Hence many multiple-span bridges such as the Hawkesbury, Benares and Chittravatti bridges have been built with independent spans.
It is only since metal has been used that the great spans of 500 to 1800 ft. now accomplished have been made possible.
Nevertheless, the stiffened suspension bridge will probably be the type adopted in future for very great spans.
These girders are supported by the cables over the centre span but not in the side spans.
At first girders had solid or plate webs, but for spans over 100 ft. the web always now consists of bracing bars.
The spans were in fact designed as independent girders, the advantage of continuity being at that time imperfectly known.
It was a bridge for two lines of railway with lattice girders continuous over three spans.

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