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Major push on Olympic bridges

The first section of the huge land bridge forming the main pedestrian entrance to the Olympic Park has been lifted into place.

The bridge leads from the Stratford City development across the Aquatics Centre and on towards the Olympic Stadium.

The 250m-long, 40m-wide bridge, made with 1,700t of steel, will form the roof of the Aquatics Centre training pool. It will also provide the main pedestrian access into the Olympic Park which will be used by up to 200,000 people every day during the Games.

“Seeing the bridge taking shape gives us an exciting glimpse of the route hundreds of thousands of spectators will take into the Olympic Park.”

John Armitt, ODA

Around 1,000m³ of concrete has been poured to create five sets of bridge supports. In the last few weeks, seven pairs of steel beams have been lifted into place to form the first section of the bridge which spans railway lines and roadways.

The 14 steel beams, up to 60m long and weighing 75t, each have been produced in Scunthorpe, fabricated in Bolton and lifted into place to form the first section of the bridge.

The bridge is on track to be complete before summer 2010. “Seeing the bridge that will form the main ‘Gateway to the Games’ taking shape is a significant milestone and gives us an exciting glimpse of the route hundreds of thousands of spectators will take into the Olympic Park in 2012,” said Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt.

Connected, open and accessible

Construction of 21 of 30 new bridges across waterways, roads and rivers in the Olympic Park is now under way. When complete they will help create a connected, open and accessible Olympic Park during and after the Games. In total 6,000t of steel supplied from across the UK is being utilised in the bridges.

Around the Olympic Stadium site, which is being built on a compact island surrounded by water on three sides, the last of five new bridges has been lifted into place.

The final bridge completes a network of essential new links between the main stadium and the rest of the Olympic Park. The final bridge spans 43m across the City Mill river to create an 11m wide pedestrian link into the eastern side of the Olympic Stadium.

Olympics Timeline: Bridges

  • November 2007 Adams Kara Taylor wins design for footbridge for main pedestrian concourse
  • December 2007 Feature footbridge for the main pedestrian concourse goes out to tender
  • October 2008 First of 30 new bridges lifted. Footbridge for pedestrian concourse won by Lagan Construction
  • April 2009 Steel beams lifted into place for the first new bridge linking the stadium with the Olympic Park
  • July 2009 The Town Centre Link Bridge pushed over 11 live railway lines at Stratford Station
  • August 2009 Construction under way on 21 out of 30 bridges
  • September 2009 The first section of the huge land bridge by the Aquatics Centre is lifted into place
  • Summer 2010 Main land bridge by the Aquatics Centre due for completion

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