The importance of carrying out bearing and expansion joint inspections by proficient and competent engineers who understand their functionality can often be key to maximising a structure’s lifespan and avoiding major, unexpected, emergency repair costs.
USL Ekspan have carried out a number of projects for swing bridges and foot bridges. From design, fabrication of all structural components, to trial erection and final installation. Details of these type of bridge installations can be supplied on request.
Tramsflex HM consists of moulded steel reinforced rubber modules for smooth transit between two separate surfaces on the same plane, absorbing expansion and contraction, translation and rotation movements.
USL Ekspan replaced the comb joint on the main approach, exit and entry ramps on the Gateshead side of the bridge. It was the first work carried out on the comb joints in its 52-year history.
In addition, work on the bridge was phased so that the expansion joints were replaced one at a time, to ensure that only one diversion route for vehicles will operate at any given time.
Gateshead Council spokesperson said: “Fifty-two years is pretty good going for a bridge that has taken the amount of traffic the Scotswood Bridge has taken over the years, but it’s beginning to show its age. We needed to replace these joints now to guarantee the future of this important crossing.”
The bridge first opened for traffic in 1967 as a replacement for the 136 year-old Chain Bridge which was located a little downstream of the current bridge and which is mentioned in the well-known George Ridley song “Blaydon Races”.
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