He designed 50 bridges, but only the Victoria Bridge and the Stowell Park Bridge remain. In fact, the Victoria Bridge is sometimes damaged by vandals because it is in a secluded area. Work was recently completed to make the site part of a parkway that is more frequented by people in the hope that this will protect the bridge.
It is hard to imagine that Victoria Bridge ever carried much traffic. For one thing, the opening in the tower is only large enough to admit a single vehicle. R.A. Griffith's analysis shows that the current pedestrian load is about half the original vehicular load for this bridge. Griffith also mentioned that Dredge may have gone into the bridge business so he could transport his beer into neighboring communities. However, another Dredge Bridge, the Ballievy Bridge in Ireland, was destroyed when a 27 ton lorry drove onto it in 1988, suggesting that these bridges were not designed for heavy loads.
Victoria Bridge has a span length of 45.7 m (150 ft), a deck width of 5.8 m (19 ft), a tower height of 6.4 m (21 ft), and a chain sag of 6.6 m (22 ft). We'll take a last look at this interesting bridge tomorrow.
Great Britain: Victoria Bridge (2) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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