Bridges over The River Clyde

GLASGOW BRIDGE.

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The second oldest permanent crossing over the Clyde in Glasgow is the bridge that runs between Jamaica Street and Bridge Street.
It is the third built there since the first was constructed more than 200 years ago for crossing the river downstream from Victoria Bridge as Glasgow expanded westwards.
The foundation stone was laid in 1767 and the seven arch bridge was opened in 1772.
Officially known as Broomielaw Bridge because of its proximity to the harbour of that name, it was 350ft long and 32ft wide.
But within 50 years it could no longer handle the ever increasing traffic load and it was decided that a new bridge must be constructed in its place.
The famous engineer Thomas Telford undertook the project in 1833 and three years later the new seven arch bridge was completed.
In 1894, new plans were made to build a 100ft wide, four arch bridge but such was the public outcry over the changes that it was altered to an 80ft width.
And the seven arch design of its forerunners was retained along with many of Telford's granite facings.
Today it is named Glasgow Bridge although it is frequently referred to as Jamaica Street Bridge.

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