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Report - Queen Alexandra Bridge Sunderland, January 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by stranton, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. stranton

    stranton subterranean explorer
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    This pedestrian, vehicle and (former) rail bridge
    links Southwick which lies north with Pallion or South Hylton which lies south of Sunderland.
    The steel truss bridge was designed by Charles Harrison,
    and built by William Arrol (bridge) and Mitchell Brothers (linking spans) 1907 - 1909.
    Opened on 10th June 1909,
    closed to rail traffic in 1921.
    Theres 4 spans 2 north,1 south of 230 feet and 1 central of 360 feet each 85 feet high.
    The north and south brick viaducts and linking spans were demolished during the 1980s,
    although a 5 arch section of brick viaduct remains at the north.
    The low deck carries the A1231 road,
    while the high deck carries electricity cables and water mains.
    The bridge was refurbished during 2005 - 2006,
    at a cost of 6.3 million and is grade 2 listed.

    Some parts were abit difficult considering the bridge carries 27000 vehicles daily,
    and reaching the (now isolated) rail deck requires certain techniches.



    remaining brick viaduct



    a single span once linked the gap between the brick viaduct and bridge

    prior rail deck (isolated)







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