£4m Humber Bridge repairs completed

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Major construction work on the Humber Bridge that has caused months of disruption has finally been completed.

Four solid steel A-frames, which connect the main span bridge deck to the towers at either end of the bridge, have been replaced.

It was the biggest repair job on the bridge since it opened in 1981, and cost £4 million to undertake. The bridge remained open throughout the upgrade, although some motorists were hit by delays.

The bearings supporting the A-frames, which enable them to move as the bridge contracts and expands due to weather changes and traffic movements, had become worn, so it was vital repairs were carried out.

Both the A-frames and bearings have now been replaced by a more robust system of pendels and “wind shoes” so in future the bridge will be protected from high winds and heavy loads.

Engineering firm Spencer Group, which carried out the work, say it was a “highly complex challenge”.

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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