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London 2012: First stadium footbridge in place

The first of five footbridges to the London 2012 main stadium site was lifted into place this week, spanning 41m across the River Lea.

The stadium is being built on a compact island site surrounded by water on three sides.

Work to install the first bridge involved erecting a 1,000t mobile crane on site which then lifted the 88t steel beams of the bridge into place across the river.

With the steel beams in place, work is now underway to install the deck of the bridge which will be completed by the summer, creating a new permanent 11m-wide pedestrian link onto the stadium island.

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