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Date for 'Squinty Bridge' opening

Clyde Arc
All 28 steel connectors on the bridge have been replaced since the closure

Glasgow's 20m Clyde Arc bridge is due to reopen on 29 June, the city council has announced.

The so-called 'Squinty Bridge' has been shut since a cable snapped in January. Further inspections revealed another cable was damaged.

All the steel fork connectors have been replaced on the Finnieston to Pacific Quay crossing.

Glasgow City Council said the closure of the bridge had been disappointing and thanked people for their patience.

Councillor Ruth Simpson, executive member for land and environmental services, said: "The Clyde Arc has proven to be extremely popular with the people of Glasgow and I am very pleased that we are approaching a point where we will be able to give them back their bridge.

"Clearly, it has been disappointing to be without the bridge in recent months, but public safety is our priority and time and caution has been necessary."

The bridge, which opened in September 2006, was closed after a cable snapped and crashed onto the road in January.

Milled steel

An inspection by designer Halcrow and civil engineering contractor Edmund Nuttall Ltd, which built the bridge, found a stress fracture in a similar component.

Each of the connector units, which hold the cables on the arc, have been replaced with milled steel and load tested before erection.

The structure, which spans 140m, is a tied arch design, carrying four traffic lanes.

It is estimated that there will be 6,500 crossings on the bridge each day when it reopens.

The Saltire Society gave the bridge a civil engineering award last year.

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