Bridge project wrapped up

15 Dec 2008

The newest bridge over the Clyde at Glasgow has been wrapped up for Christmas - to allow it to be welded and painted.

Contractors covered the Tradeston Bridge - or Squiggly Bridge - with a tarpaulin after the main sections had all been lowered into place.

Fins and hand rails were also installed on the pedestrian footbridge which will link Tradeston with Broomielaw.

It will now be several months before the bridge will be seen by the public again. By that time it will have been painted and be only weeks away from its official opening.

The crossing - so-called because of its S-shaped design - has been dogged by financial wrangles.

It is the centrepiece of a £33million project to give the rundown area a massive facelift.

Two years ago Glasgow City Council ordered the designers to go back to the drawing board after costs soared above £60m.

The main contractor for the bridge is BAM Nuttall - which was also responsible for the Squinty Bridge.

Sections of the bridge surface were assembled in Invergordon, Easter Ross, and taken to the Clyde by coastal freighter. They were then carried by barge from Prince's Dock and lowered into place by crane.

Luxury flats are due to be built on the Tradeston side of the river and it is hoped to include riverside cafes, restaurants and shops.

The Broomielaw side is being marketed as the International Financial Services District.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd. 

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