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Kylesku Bridge, Kylesku

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The Kylesku Bridge is a distinctively curved concrete box girder bridge in north-west Scotland that crosses the Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin in Sutherland.HistoryIn June 1978 the Highland Regional Council asked Ove Arup & Partners Scotland to prepare a feasibility study for a bridge, in their capacity as consulting civil engineers, and was prepared by March 1979.Construction for the approach roads, costing £4 million, began in summer 1981. Construction of the bridge began in August 1982, with Morrison Construction and Lehane Mackenzie and Shand the chief contractors.It was constructed by building out the supporting legs and then lifting into place the central span, which had been constructed on land and then moved onto a barge by rail and weighed.The cost of the bridge was £4 million, although was earlier budgeted at £2.75 million. The bridge opened to traffic in July 1984, and was formally opened by the Queen on 8 August 1984.GeographyThe bridge crosses water which is approximately wide and up to deep, leading to fast tidal currents. It replaced the ferry between Kylesku and Kylestrome, which was 400 metres to the east.DesignThe bridge is 275 metres long with a 79 metre long main span. The bridge deck is at a height of above high water to provide navigation for ships.The bridge deck is supported by V-shaped inclined piers, with eight inclined legs, in order to reduce the length of the main span. The lateral forces from each leg balance, so the total force on the foundations is vertically downwards. The spread of legs supports the bridge in winds which can exceed, and also loads resulting from the curvature of the bridge. There is no joint between the legs and the deck of the bridge, with the expansion joints and bearings being located at the abutments to facilitate straightforward maintenance. The legs are formed from reinforced concrete and the deck from prestressed concrete using cables tensioned at up to 52200 kN.
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  • The opportunity to see eagles, otters, seals, red deer, enjoy stunning panoramic views, take a leisurely boat trip and treat yourself to a drink or delicious meal at the nearby hotel. For the more ene...  more »
  • If visiting kylesku hotel make sure you drive past the road to the hotel and the old slipway to the now defunct ferry and view this lovely curved bridge and the road to the far north  more »
  • If you are on the west coast you must stop and have a look at this bridge, simply stunning. There is a large car park at the northern end, so it is safe to stop.  more »