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A quick fix, but an aesthetic disaster


The Yorkshire association's Awards for Excellence 2000 has commended two new bridges on the A64 York bypass (Dam Lands Lane and Fulford Golf Club deck replacement).

They are indeed a cheap, quick solution to a problem.

They are also an aesthetic disaster!

Unfortunately, you were not able to show a picture of before/after. This would have shown the original bridges built to the same theme as the rest of the bridges on the York southern bypass which opened in 1976.

These new decks bear no resemblance to that theme, nor do they stand in their own right.

They are two-span as opposed to single span, are propped at the centre on round columns which sit on a large block of above ground concrete, the exposed steel is painted a light green, and the altered abutments/wingwalls are a bodge neither following the original, and still existing finishes, nor making a statement of their own.

I'm sure these bridges don't sway when in use, were the cheapest solution, and their construction methods are innovative but that is perhaps the best that can be said.

Graham Tissiman (M), 98 Eastfield Avenue, Haxby, York YO32 3EZ

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