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Suspension bridge partly reopened

Clifton Suspension Bridge
The bridge was partially reopened on Sunday, a spokesman said

Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge has partly reopened after it was closed when a crack was found in one of its metal hanging rods.

Engineering experts assessed the structure and the Victorian bridge remained shut overnight.

A spokesman at the Bridgemaster's office said it was a very rare event which had not happened for many years.

One lane was reopened at 1430 BST on Sunday while full repairs to the rod are carried out.

Bridge spokesman Dave Anderson said traffic lights had been put in place to keep the traffic down to one lane.

Temporary supports

The original decision to close the bridge was taken after a member of the public spotted a serious flaw or crack in a metal hanging rod.

On Saturday evening temporary supports were installed to make the bridge safe which allowed it to be opened to pedestrians at about midnight.

On Sunday morning engineers were analysing the supports to verify that the bridge had adequate strength.

A new rod will have to be made and fitted which Mr Anderson said would probably take a few days.

The bridge was originally opened in 1865, several years after the death of its designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


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