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Kylesku Bridge-Scotland

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Kylesku Bridge-Scotland Reply with quote

Kylesku Bridge



Kylesku and surroundings

The new bridge carries the A894 road across the Kyles from Kylesku to Kylestrome
The Kylesku Bridge is a dramatic structure which curves majestically across Caolas Cumhann, the channel which joins Loch Cairnbawn (Loch a' Chairn Bhain) with Lochs Glendhu and Glencoul, a 0.4 km northwest of Kylesku in the Sutherland district of the Highland Council Area. Work began in July 1978 and the bridge was opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th August 1984, replacing a succession of ferries which had crossed between Kylesku and Kylestrome since the early 19th century. When this ferry was not running, the only alternative was a 160 km detour around the NW Highlands.

The bridge is 276m long and crosses a 130m stretch of water.The bridge comprises three spans but gives the impression of five, because its 132-m  main span is carried on pairs of V-shaped sloping supports. The box-girder deck is elevated 24m  above the strong currents of the water below. The bridge has been described as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The bridge was built by Morrison Construction Group, designed by the architects Arup (to complement the natural beauty of the site) and has won several design and construction awards.The cost was £4 million, rather more than the budgeted £2¾ million, in part due to difficult weather conditions during construction.

The Kylesku Bridge has received a number of honours: the Saltire Award (1984), the Concrete Society Award (1985), a Civic Trust Award (1986) and the Annual Award of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (1988).

See a video of this bridge: http://vimeo.com/44918073
References:
Nissen, Jørgen & Klaus Falbe-Hansen, H. Stears The design of Kylesku Bridge, in "The Structural Engineer", March 1985, n. 3 v. 63
Nissen, Jørgen & Klaus Falbe-Hansen, H. Stears The design of Kylesku Bridge. Discussion, in "The Structural Engineer", May 1986, n. 5 v. 64
Stears, H. The Kylesku Bridge - design and construction, in "Highways and Transportation", 1985, n. 1 v. 32
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kylesku
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