March 14th, 2011
The main span of a brand new cycling and pedestrian bridge has been successfully placed over the M5 motorway, despite strong winds halting progress. The £3.2m bridge aims to help cyclists and pedestrians access areas usually too difficult to reach without the use of a car. The operation to lift the structure into place was completed on Sunday night after the original attempt on Saturday was cancelled due to dangerously high winds. At over 100m in length, the impressive twin-arch construction weighs nearly 230 tonnes. “It has been a thrilling and dramatic sight, watching this huge structure being raised and gently put into place,” Said Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes. “The new bridge will create a wealth of opportunities for our community and our economy. “It is the first of many exciting steps to develop our infrastructure and will help to grow the economy east of Exeter by improving transport links and reducing congestion. “Developing our commercial potential will stimulate more employment and more investment into the region and bring benefits for the whole county.” Work will continue on the bridge this week, with the opening planned for next weekend. Please click the video below to view. For the origional article see the BBC website here.