City Bridge[1] is a crossing of the River Usk in the city of Newport, South Wales. It was opened in 2004 as part of the construction/re-generation of the Southern Distributor Road/A48 in Newport.

City Bridge
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City Bridge, looking south from George Street Bridge
Coordinates51°34′37″N 2°58′27″W / 51.5769°N 2.9743°W / 51.5769; -2.9743
CarriesMotor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians
CrossesRiver Usk
LocaleNewport
Official nameCity Bridge
Maintained byMorgan Vinci Ltd.
Characteristics
DesignTied arch bridge
Total length650 feet (200 m)
WidthDual two-lane carriageway, two cycle/footpaths
Longest span613+12 feet (187.0 m)
History
Opened17 November 2004
Location

The bridge is the second most-southernly crossing of the River Usk in Newport, lying north of Newport Transporter Bridge.

DesignEdit

The bridge is a bow-string arch design, 650 ft (200 m) long and forms part of the city's Southern Distributor Road (SDR). On completion of the SDR, the A48 road was diverted over the new bridge, making it the preferred route for through traffic.

Between the two top chord pillars the west-bound carriageway of the bridge bears a large emblem of the Arms of Newport City Council.

RecognitionEdit

In 2005 the bridge was recognised by The Structural Steel Design Awards.[2] The judges said of the bridge: "The Usk crossing symbolises the best in British bridge engineering. It combines an elegant design, high quality fabrication and innovative construction. Newport has gained not only another much-needed river crossing, but has gained an elegant steel structure in the process."[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Geograph:: City Bridge, Newport © Nigel Davies cc-by-sa/2.0". www.geograph.org.uk.
  2. ^ "Newport City Footbridge". www.steelconstruction.info.
  3. ^ "'Elegant' bridge wq". South Wales Argus.

Coordinates: 51°34′37″N 2°58′27″W / 51.576936°N 2.974248°W / 51.576936; -2.974248