George Street Bridge, Newport
|George Street Bridge, Newport|
From the promenade at Powell's Town Wharf on the west bank
|Main span:||500 ft|
|Architect:||Mott, Hay & Anderson|
Constructed by Mott, Hay & Anderson from 1962 to 1964, it was opened on 9 April 1964 by the Mayor William T Vaughan, JP. It represents the first example of a cable-stayed bridge in the United Kingdom. The main span of the bridge is 500 feet, and the height of the towers is some 170 feet.
Many grand names were proposed for the bridge but it was eventually named after the relatively small George Street on the western bank of the River Usk.
Originally the bridge was planned to be six lanes wide, but with the M4 motorway Usk bridge already planned further upstream it was reduced to four lanes with two cycle paths/footways.
On completion, the A48 route was diverted over the new bridge, making it the preferred route for through traffic, although in 2004 the new City Bridge on the Southern Distributor Road further downstream became the preferred route and assumed the route number.
- "George Street Bridge, Victoria". British Listed Buildings. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wa-25847-george-street-bridge-victoria. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Wikishire map: 51°35’3"N, 2°59’4"W