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Keeping damage under wraps A new technique developed to protect US and Japanese bridges against earthquake damage could be used in the UK. Dave Parker reports on bridge wrapping.

Bridge piers and columns rarely have to resist the impact of a fully-loaded HGV travelling at 110km/h or more. In fact the Highways Agency has records of only 'one or two' maximum impacts during the last 20 years or so.

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