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Mancunian bridge will set wooden truss record

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A TIMBER bridge, which at 150m is claimed to be the longest wooden truss in the UK, will be built across the A57(M) Mancunian Way in Manchester late next year. The proposal from struc-tural engineer Kingfisher Consulting and architect Arca was last week chosen by the Moss Side & Hume Partnership to link the new Hume Park with Knott Mill and Castlefield.

The structure will have a central span of 51m over the motorway and a cantilevered deck carrying both foot and cycle traffic. Doweled laminations of a high durability hardwood such as ekki will be used to fabricate the bridge, with stainless steel connections to encourage long life and low maintenance.

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