BOROBRIDGES - Part 2 (Cleveland Bridge and Engineering)
The Bridges of Dorman Long - Middlesbrough
Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough
It is 580 feet between the two towers. 200 people or 6 cars and one minibus
can be carried across the river in 90 seconds by the travelling `car` which is suspended on a platform.
The `travelling car` also known as the `gondola' or 'cradle' is pulled by two cables
one 545 metres and the other 227 metres the ends of which are connected to
a giant winch in the winding house. Two motors generating 30 brake horse power
drive the winch. Even in the most severe gale one motor should be sufficient
to propel the `car` although the bridge normally closes when the wind speed reaches 45 miles per hour The heat from the fireplace in the corner of the Winding House
kept the motors dry and the `greaser` warm on cold winter days
The `greaser` is responsible for keeping the motors and cables well greased.
The Bridge Operative works the winch from the gondola
The bridge was opened by H.R.H. Prince Arthur of Connaught it was a glorious occasion
and the streets were thronged with people giving the town a holiday atmosphere
The steel for the Tees Transporter Bridge was forged in Scotland.
The Transporter Bridge is tall enough to allow ships up to 160 feet high to pass up
and down the river at high tide and 180 feet at low tide. It also carries an oxygen pipeline to industries on either side of the river.
the bridge has recently enjoyed a high profile after being featured in Billy Elliot and
Auf Wiedersehn Pet Series 3.
Builders :- Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1911
Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong
The Tsing Ma Bridge has become internationally-known and a major Hong Kong landmark. Its main span of 1,377 metres is the world's longest carrying both road and railway, and its concrete towers is 206 metres tall. Construction of Tsing Ma Bridge commenced in May 1992 and completed in May 1997.
Builders :- Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1994
Bosporus Bridge, Turkey
The narrow straits of the Bosporus are spanned by the Bosporus Bridge,built 1973,one of the world's longest suspension bridges.As the sole sea link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean,the Bosporus has been of great strategic importance since ancient times.
Builders :- Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington.1973
Total length 1560 m
Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington.1905
King Edward VII Bridge Newcastle
King Edward VII Bridge
Traffic: road Traffic: rail
Designer / Engineer: J.W. Sandeman and Moncrieff for Redheugh Bridge Co. Designer / Engineer: Charles Harrison
Contractor / Builder: Sir William Arrol & Co. Contractor / Builder: Clevland Bridge and Engineering Co.
Construction: began 1879 completed 13 Aug 1901 Construction: began July 1902 completed July 1906
Opened: 13 Aug 1901 by Mr. R. Coil Opened: 10 July 1906 by King Edward VII
Length: 1192ft (363.6m) total. 2x248ft (75.6m) spans, 2x168ft (51.2m) spans Length: 1150ft (350.75m)
Width: c. 40ft (12.2m) Width: 50ft (15.25m)
Headroom: 87ft (26.5m) Headroom: 83ft (25.3m) above high water level
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington. 1908
Nile Bridge , Egypt..
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Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington.1909.
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Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1911
Verugas Bridge, Peru.
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Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1936
Howrah Bridge, India.
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1942
Auckland Harbour Bridge , Auckland , New Zealand..
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington 1959
Tamar Bridge, England
The Tamar Bridge was opened to traffic in 1961. Constructed under the powers of the Tamar Bridge Act, 1957, the bridge is co-owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council and is managed by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee.
Some interesting points about the structure:
The suspension bridge has concrete towers and a deep steel truss that supports the roadway.
The central span is 335m (1100ft.) with side spans each of 114m (374 ft.)
The original structure was designed by Consultants Mott, Hay and Anderson and constructed by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company for a total cost of £1.8M.
In 1961 the Tamar Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the UK.
The carriageway is divided into 3 lanes - the centre lane accommodates tidal traffic flow for morning and evening rush hours.
Pedestrians and cyclists share the 1.8m (6ft) wide footpaths.
In 1961 the bridge carried 4000 vehicles per day. Today it carries around 40,000 vehicles per day.
In 1961the heaviest lorries allowed on the UK roads were 25 tonnes, and subsequently this increased to 38 tonnes. From 1st January 1999 the limit was increased to 40 tonnes.
Forth Road Bridge, Scotland.
Builders - Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington / ACD Consortium 1964
Type Road Bridge
Builders - Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington / ABB Consortium 1966
Wye Bridge,near Chepstow
Builders - Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, Darlington. 1968
This is the last bridge over the river Wye, which separates England and Wales, before it disgorges into the Severn. Actually the sidekick of the better-known Severn Bridge
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