Bridges over The River Clyde


from the air


Construction of the Kingston Bridge, a pre-stressed concrete structure, started in 1967.
It was built by Logan-Marples Ridgeway Joint Venture and designed by W A Fairhurst and Partners.
The Queen Mother opened the bridge in June 1970.
Total cost in its day was just over 11 million.
The Kingston Bridge was built to carry 10 lanes of traffic, five in each direction.
The highest point is 60 feet above high water, allowing ships using the River Clyde to pass beneath it.
Its centre span across the River Clyde is 143 metres long. Total length is 268 metres (880 ft).
Today over 150,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily on the M8 motorway -
- that's five times the 1970 figure of 31,000.
Three miles of concrete flyovers and ramps carry the approach roads, offering motorists spectacular views of the city and riverside but leaving a desolate blot on the landscape for pedestrians below. The bridge is one of the busiest bridges in Europe.
The Kingston Bridge is now the responsibility of the Scottish Executive (previously the Scottish Office) after local government reorganisation in 1996. Previously it was the responsibility of the former Strathclyde Regional Council.
The 50,000 tonne bridge deck will be lifted 15mm (just over half an inch) and moved up to 50mm (two inches) south by a system of hydraulic jacks.
A total of 180 sophisticated devices monitor any movements of the bridge. Additionally, there are two meteorological stations above and below the main span.
The closure for the vital engineering work will trigger the largest traffic management exercise ever undertaken by Strathclyde Police in conjunction with Glasgow City Council. They will use the latest technology to gather and disseminate information to road users.
The 31.5 million bridge project of strngthening and engineering work is being managed by Glasgow City Council on behalf of the Scottish Executive. Main contractors are Balfour Beatty.
During closure there will be 11 diversion routes in operation.
Tolls will be suspended on the Erskine Bridge during the closure times.
The bridge and the motorway will be closed from Junction 19 (Anderston)
to Junction 21 (Seaward St) in both directions
between 7pm on the Saturday and 6am on the Monday of weekends
October 23-25 1999 and October 30 to November 1st 1999.
The operation will involve 128 hydraulic jacks making it the biggest ever bridge lift -
- and allowing it to qualify for the Guinness Book of Records.
The bridge is a key link in the West of Scotland's motorway system and it also plays a vital role in Scotland's economic life.
Kingston Bridge travel information line on 0870 050 5000 will give updated information.
Superintendent Alistair Anderson, operational commander for traffic management, Strathclyde Police, said "This is the largest single traffic management operation ever undertaken by Strathclyde Police. The force has committed over 200 officers each weekend in an attempt to minimise delays. However, lengthy delays may occur and motorists must plan their journeys and allow extra time for travel. The use of public transport should be considered as an alternative to the car." he added.
The Underground will operate an increased frequency of services with trains running every four minutes on the closure Sundays from 11am to 6pm
On the Strathclyde Passenger Transport network, Scotrail will provide additional coaches to trains on many Sunday services.
280,000 leaflets detailing alternative routes are being distributed to convenient points such as car parks, petrol stations, motorway service stations, hotels and shops in and around Glasgow.
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