Chain suspension bridge
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Awards and Distinctions
Bristol, South West England, England, United Kingdom
|Coordinates:||51° 27' 18" N 2° 37' 40.01" W|
|main span||214.05 m|
|total length||412 m|
|weight||1 500 t|
|height above valley floor or water||101 m|
|27 August 1836||
First stone is laid in a big ceremony.
Hungerford chain suspension bridge is demolished, the chains are reused later in the construction of the Clifton bridge.
|18 December 1864||
Clifton Bridge would have been the longest-spanning bridge if it had been completed soon after it was designed, but for financial reasons it was not put into service until 1864. Brunel never saw this bridge finished, he passed away before the funding problems were resolved. An alternative design by Thomas Telford would have had the same span as the Menai Straits Bridge.
Relevant Web Sites
- Analytical modelling for fatigue assessment of the Clifton suspension bridge. Presented at: IABSE Colloquium: Remaining Structural Capacity, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1993. (1993):
- L'architecture et les ingénieurs. Deux siècles de réalisations. Moniteur, Paris (France), pp. 134. (1997):
- Bridges. Macmillan Publishing Company, New York (USA), pp. 67. (1993):
- Bridges that Changed the World. Prestel, Munich (Germany), pp. 64-65. (2002):
- Bridges under the spotlight in UK awards. In: Bridge Update, n. 67 (April 2007), pp. 4.
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