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Japanese engineers visit Oregon's tsunami-proof bridges

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A group of visiting engineers from Japan visited two newer bridges in Oregon that have been designed to withstand tsunamis.

One spans Spencer Creek just north of Newport, the other Millport Slough on Siletz Bay in Lincoln City.

"These are the first two bridges designed with construction for tsunami forces," said Bruce Johnson bridge engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. "They are the only two on the coast that have that. They are the first, as far as we know, in the whole world."

The Bridge Engineering Japanese Consult Group has met with the United States for the past 28 years, alternating each year between the U.S. and Japan. This is the first year the Federal Highway Administration, which organizes the program, asked Oregon to host the meeting, Johnson said.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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