Upgrade for Albert Bridge

28 Jun 2013

The historic Albert bridge over the Clyde is to be upgraded at a cost of £2.6 million.

The A-listed Albert Bridge spans the river between Saltmarket in the north and Crown Street in the south.

The structure, which was named after Queen Victoria's consort, is more than 140 years old and is beginning to show its age.

Designed by lighthouse builder Robert Stevenson, the grandfather of Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson, it opened in 1871.

In 2002, the city council carried out strengthening work to ensure it could carry heavy vehicles. It is now planned to upgrade the bridge parapets and return the structure to its original condition.

The work will involve replacing the existing parapets with ductile iron, which will allow them to take an impact without breaking.

A number of the existing iron panels in the best state of repair will be retained for future use, and missing features on the bridge will be replaced.

The structural ironwork will be painted and the bridge's stonework cleaned, re-pointed and repaired.

Source: Evening Times - £2.6m upgrade for historic city bridge