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Clyde Arc reopens after repairs

Clyde Arc
The bridge was closed for more than five months

Glasgow's 20m Clyde Arc bridge has reopened, more than five months after it closed for repair work on a snapped support cable.

The so-called "Squinty Bridge", between Finnieston and Pacific Quay, has been closed to traffic since the cable came down on 14 January.

Repair work on the structure was only supposed to take a few weeks.

But after an inspection found a crack in another support, the decision was made to replace each cable connector.

Bridge designer Halcrow and civil engineering contractor, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, oversaw the repairs.

A saddle frame was fitted to the top of arc before wire cables were run down to support the weight of the bridge.

The cast steel connector units, which hold the cables in place, were then replaced with milled steel ones and load-tested before erection.

Public safety

Only two of the four lanes on the 140-metre bridge reopened on Saturday.

Councillor Ruth Simpson, executive member for land and environmental services, said: "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 final cost for repairs to the bridge is not yet known.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said the bill would be paid by the contractor.

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