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Poole’s Twin Sails take shape

Giant sections of the Twin Sails Bridge have been moved into place as Poole’s second harbour crossing starts to take shape.

More than 500t of steel, including the two lifting leaves that will form the iconic Twin Sails structure, are currently being installed across Poole’s Backwater Channel by contractor Hochtief. It marks the latest milestone in the £37M project that will see the Twin Sails Bridge open in early 2012.

Each of the four sections was lifted onto a barge using mobile transporters before being floated along Backwater Channel. Once in place, the sections were lowered into their final position on the bridge abutments using a combination of jacks, the barge’s buoyancy and tidal movement

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