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Lancashire County Council has awarded Flint & Neill Partnership the design contract for a new 'three prong' footbridge across the rivers Ribble and Calder. The consultant is also one of the key members of the team which last week won the competition to design the record breaking Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong (news last week).

The 45m span Ribble Way bridge will link three public footpaths where the two rivers merge. Designed to act in compression like an arch it will be made of concrete filled glass reinforced plastic. The design is expected to give more stability against floating debris in the flood-prone area.

The bridge is expected to cost £600,000 and construction is expected to begin at the end of 2001.

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