Segmental Arch Bridge
The segmental arch bridge was a very useful engineering
invention. It allowed stronger bridges to be built with fewer materials,
and longer bridges to be built safely. This invention helped people to cross China's
many rivers. It is also an engineering achievement that even today's Chinese
engineers look up to. The bridge pictured above is one of the first segmental
arch bridges ever built, and it is still standing today. It has good
clearance over the water, allowing boats to travel underneath it. It is
of a better quality than many bridges that are in use today.
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Made transportation over China's many rivers easier, increasing internal travel and trade
This invention improved, and increased as a result, internal travel and trade.
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