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Tamar Suspension Bridge
River Tamar, Saltash, Cornwall, UK
Tamar Suspension Bridge
associated engineer
Mott Hay & Anderson
date  24th October 1961
era  Modern  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX434588
ICE reference number  HEW 202
photo  PHEW
A traditional suspension bridge that carries road traffic across the River Tamar. It is sited 200ft upstream of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Royal Albert railway bridge.
A Tamar road bridge crossing was proposed in the 1950s to relieve the heavy load of commuting traffic using the estuary ferries. The engineers proposed the bridge type and location, the latter minimizing the length of the approaches.
The deck is suspended from reinforced concrete towers rising 260ft above sea level and founded on 30ft diameter caissons on bedrock. Locked coil-wire ropes with suspenders at 50ft centres support an 18ft high Warren truss which carries the reinforced concrete roadway. The roadway is 33ft wide and flanked by 6ft wide footways.
Contractor: Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co
reference sources   CEH South
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Tamar Suspension Bridge