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Holt Fleet Bridge
Holt Fleet, Worcestershire, UK
Holt Fleet Bridge
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1828
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SO823634
ICE reference number  HEW 135
photo  courtesy PHEW, ICE
A single-span, cast iron bridge, carrying what is now the A4133 road across the River Severn.
Following strengthening works in 1928, a considerable part of the structure is now incased in reinforced concrete. Nonetheless, with its open spandrels and X-web trussing, much of its original airiness is retained. The span is 150ft, made up of five cast-iron ribs, each 3ft 2in deep and now concreted top and bottom.
The spandrels consist of cast-iron struts in intersecting pairs, of which one of each pair is now encased. They support transverse beams, 6in deep and 2in wide, which in turn support the deck plates. The roadway, too, was replaced in 1928 by a reinforced concrete deck cast on new cross beams, cantilevered for additional width.
Telford designed several bridges across the Severn, and his respect for the river's flood powers can be seen in the design of the massive sandstone abutments, pierced by a flood arch on either side of the water.
reference sources   CEH W&W
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Holt Fleet Bridge