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THE FINAL LINK

THE FINAL LINK: Work to cure the notorious wobble on London's Millennium Bridge is nearing completion as the last of 16 overdue US-made damper units are installed and adjusted. Structural engineer Arup recently blamed the delay in supplying the special 4m and 8m long viscous dampers for its failure to reopen the controversial structure as planned before Christmas (NCE 6 December 2001). Designed to act as diagonal braces at the main piers and connected between the lightweight aluminium deck and the highly tensioned suspension cables, the dampers are the final link in the estimated £5M retrofit carried out by Cleveland Bridge.

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