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Flyovers vs. bridges
I would like to know the difference between flyovers and bridges, with some illustrations.
Niranjan Bhome
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Flyovers vs. bridges
Hi Niranjan,

The Internet is a great resource for answering such basic questions (and by that I'm not talking about discussion forums such as this one). I'm just going to assume that you don't know how to search the Internet for answers and give you some tips so that you can do it yourself the next time.

For basic information on any topic, you can use the Wikipedia, which is an online encyclopedia maintained by volunteers. It is quite extensive in scope and most articles are illustrated with images from the WikiMedia Commons, a growing database of images to which anyone can contribute.

The English version of Wikipedia is located at http://en.wikipedia.org/. You may want to create a link to this on your browser but if you lose the link, just search for "Wikipedia" on google. The Hindi version is at http://hi.wikipedia.org/". If you search the English Wikipedia for the keyword "flyovers", you'll see that it refers you to an article on "overpass" which includes the information you're seeking.

I assume that you know do not how to search the Internet with the Google search engine. Simply go to google.com. Now, instead of entering keyword "flyovers", which will give you thousands of related and unrelated links, try entering "flyover" "bridge" and "definition". And you will get what you want.

If you need images, go back to the Google website (here), and click on "Images" where you see a list of "Web Images Video News Maps more" at top. This will take you to the Google Image Search. Enter your keywords here, one at a time. First, enter "flyover" and you'll get pages and pages of images. If you only need large images, click on "large images" where it says "showing" and you'll get higher resolution ones only. Did you notice how you got many unrelated images. Try now to search for keyword "overpass" and you'll get many more.

Hope this helps.
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Flyovers vs. bridges
Niranjan, Traditionally, a bridge is something that spans either a waterway or an impassable gorge.

Whereas a flyover is a modern term used for something that spans across any obstacle on the ground. Usually a flyover is a motor vehicle highway built above the ground for some distance to bypass the obstacles presented by urban buildings, etc. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Flyovers vs. bridges
Hello Ozgur,

It's not that I can't search on Internet, I have done research to a great extent. It's that I wanted personal opinions about the subject, anyways thanks for reply.
Niranjan Bhome
Flyovers vs. bridges
Thanks Frank for your reply. I wanted to know in what ways could I utilize the space below flyovers? Any examples?
Niranjan Bhome
Flyovers vs. bridges
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Ozgur Basak Alkan
Flyovers vs. bridges
Niranjan,

The term "flyover" is relatively new and tends to be associated with motorways, but flyovers have been in use with railway systems for over a hundred years at least.

For example, in Victorian Britain (the Victorians usually built in brick) there are many above-ground "flyover" railway tracks in urban areas with brick arches. These arches in many cases have been used for many types of business, because the arch created a dry shelter.

A famous example in London, is The Players' Theatre, situated underneath a Victorian brick arch in central London and has presented and still presents live "Victorian Musical Hall" entertainment.

In retrospect, I would imagine that the problem with modern motorway flyovers is that the transport planners did not consider the space beneath to be usable and so ignored the potential.
Frank John Snelling
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