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Bracklinn Bridge hand-pulled into place

Site workers last week finished pulling by hand a 20m long steel and timber bridge over a waterfall in a Scottish national park.

A series of winches and a temporary steel guide across the site aided the operation for the new Bracklinn Falls Bridge in Callander.

The structure is an inverted V-shape built around four homegrown Douglas Fir and Larch trunks. It has a copper roof to protect the numerous visitors to the falls. The rural location made traditional engineering methods impossible and ruled out cranes and helicopter methods. As a result, construction workers from Malcolm Strong & Co, which designed and built the bridge, turned to traditional methods.

The original bridge was washed away by flash floods in 2004. It is expected that the new bridge will be formally opened next month.

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  • It is an excellent solution to an intersetin challenge, but I wonder how long the copper will remain in situ?

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