The first of 146 stay cables has been installed on a 1km-long bridge in the Mersey estuary as part of the Mersey Gateway Project.
Construction teams installed the 52m-long stay cable last Thursday, connecting the Mersey Gateway Bridge’s south pylon to the main bridge deck.
The bridge – made from reinforced concrete – will open in autumn 2017 and act as a six-lane toll bridge over the river Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes, relieving congestion on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
“This marks a momentous occasion for the project,” said Merseylink construction joint venture project director Gareth Stuart.
“The stay cables will be an iconic feature of this landmark structure, making it one of the most recognisable bridges in the UK.
“We’re now entering a new, very visual phase of the bridge construction, where people will be able to see the stay cables connected to the bridge deck as it emerges across the river week by week.”
Each cable ranges from around 41m to 226m in length and includes up to 91 individual steel strands.
At 80m high the central pylon will be shorter than the two outer pylons – the north pylon will be 110m and the south pylon 125m.