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George Street Bridge

A Grade II* Listed Building in Victoria, Newport

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5843 / 51°35'3"N

Longitude: -2.984 / 2°59'2"W

OS Eastings: 331916

OS Northings: 187734

OS Grid: ST319877

Mapcode National: GBR J6.CG3D

Mapcode Global: VH7BD.7F9S

Entry Name: George Street Bridge

Listing Date: 31 October 2001

Last Amended: 25 March 2002

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25847

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spans River Usk between Corporation Road and Dock Street.

County: Newport

Community: Victoria

Community: Victoria

Built-Up Area: Newport

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Begun in 1962, and opened 9 April 1964. The first cable-stayed cantilever bridge in Britain. By Mott, Hay & Anderson, and the Borough Engineer D P Cartwright. The designers were also responsible for the Wye Viaduct (the approach to the Severn Bridge, Chepstow), on the same principle, which has since been altered for strengthening reasons. The principle was also used for the Second Severn Crossing, 1992-96. Unlike a suspension bridge where the deck is supported by secondary cables (or chains) hanging from principal cables (or chains), slung from piers or masts, in a cable-stayed bridge, the deck is supported directly by cable stays running over the masts, anchored on the landward side.

Exterior

Cable-stayed cantilever road bridge. Two pairs of concrete masts have 3 sets of 4 cable stays which support span of bridge. The approaches are supported on cylindrical concrete pillars. The bridge carries 4 carriageways, and a pedestrian footway to each side. A set of concrete steps to each side of bridge near W masts.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as major civil engineering structure, the first cable-stayed cantilever bridge in Britain.

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