MOOR THE MERRIER: Last weekend saw the opening of the Halgavor Bridge over the A30 outside Bodmin in Cornwall. The £500,000 suspension bridge has cranked steel masts supporting a lightweight glass reinforced plastic (GRP) deck.
It was designed to be integral with the abutments at each end, and has no expansion joints. Balfour Beatty won the contract to design and build the bridge, and employed Flint & Neill Partnership as engineer. Shipbuilder Vosper Thorneycroft was involved in manufacture, testing and erection.
The bridge is part of the National Cycle Network, and was paid for by the Highways Agency with a £50,000 contribution from the Millennium Commission.