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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Bristol, United Kingdom.

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  • Photo of Clifton Suspension Bridge
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An unbelievably beautiful bridge, especially from afar, this is Brunel's first major commission, when he was 24. The Grade I listed bridge spans the picturesque Avon Gorge, connecting Clifton to Bristol. Roller mounted "saddles" are used at the top of each tower to absorb the force created by the movement of the chains when loads pass over the bridge. The total movement is about 1mm but if this mechanism were not in place the forces would damage the structure of the towers. The last concord flight passed over the bridge to celebrate Bristol"s feats in engineering.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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