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Weakest link fails

A vital connection on the Clyde Arc Bridge in Glasgow has failed, causing one of the tension bars holding it up to fall onto the road.

Fortunately, no cars were hit and no one was hurt. The cable is one of 14 which form part of the bridge’s bow string arch design. It spans 96m over the river Clyde in Glasgow and carries four lanes of traffic.

Another connection failure has since been discovered, forcing Glasgow City Council to close the bridge for six months while it investigates what went wrong. The bridge only opened in 2006, so these defects are even more alarming. Civil engineers will check whether the connection was incorrectly installed or whether it had a defect.

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