Wikipedia defines a bridge as a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be …
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Wikipedia defines a bridge as "a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be detrimental to cross otherwise. There are many different designs that each serve a particular purpose and apply to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it."
Sumter features an eclectic display of bridges serving numerous purposes. The populace of our city may not realize the number of bridges crossed while traveling in and around our city. The ensuing two issues of Reflections will present photos of the many types of bridges and where they are found in the Sumter area. Many of these structures were built several years ago while others are recent additions. Photos used in preparing this article were taken from The Sumter Item's archives.
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