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Format: DVD
Sku: 204071336
UPC: 783421275195
UPC 14: 00783421275195
Category Keywords: Documentary
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As Seen on Public Television.
Take a look at "the bridge of the future"--sturdy and stunningly graceful, the new Clark Bridge spans the Mississippi at Alton, Illinois, linking the old river town with the promise of prosperity. "It's beautiful," sighs an old-timer at the grand opening. "I can't imagine how they got those giant cables through the top. I would have liked to be around to see it."

Now, in this two-hour special, you can see how they did it. Play sidewalk supervisor at one of the world's most remarkable and risky bridge projects - a rare example of what is known as cable-stayed design, an innovative variation on the suspension bridge. Zoom in on every phase of the four-year construction (with time out for dredging a sunken barge and weathering the worst Mississippi flood in modern history). See divers lay intricate underwater foundations, builders erect massive towers in frigid temperatures, workers hang huge cables to support the roadway (300 feet up, and just a fraction of an inch to spare), and freak winds threaten to topple the entire structure before the last gaps are closed. Says one contractor of the project's unique challenges, "It's about one step away from going to Las Vegas and rolling dice."

Editor's Note
A video chronicle of the building of the new Clark Bridge at Alton, Illinois. A risky venture threatened by the elements and the Mississippi River, the cable-stayed design bridge utilizes new techniques to improve structural integrity--provided its builders can get it erected. Produced for Nova.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: PBS
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/1/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 56 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 27519
Video UPC UPC: 00783421275195
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Thomas Friedman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Neil Goodwin - Producer
Video Cast Info Neil Goodwin - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Neil Goodwin - Director

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Nova
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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