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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Sunday Bridges - Albert's R & R

Albert on holiday? Well sort of. The Albert Bridge built in the 1850's, a hybrid of a cable stayed and suspension, the bridge is closed for 18 months for a bit of a make over.
A grade II-listed (that means it's a bit important) it is in need of structural work to meet the demands of modern traffic. Even back in its original days it wasn't really strong enough for heavy traffic.
One of only two road bridges over the Thames that has never been replaced.

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13 comments:

jabblog said...

It is a graceful bridge - most attractive. I can imagine the traffic chaos ensuing from its closure, though.

cieldequimper said...

I had to laugh at your definition of grade II!

I like all that's going here and how the pretty bridge is reflected and best of all, it reminds me of my 7 year long stay in London in the days when London wasn't full of French! Thanks for that!

Luna Miranda said...

it's a beautiful and elegant bridge. i took a few photos of this bridge during a Thames cruise a few years ago.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is very happy to have you join Sunday Bridges with this beautiful bridge. Speaking of woobly bridges - the cantilever section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is being replaced. In the 1989 earthquake, part of it (with traffic on it) fell into the Bay. Twenty years of political wrangling and a $400,000,000 cost over-run later, it is finally under construction...

Luis Gomez said...

Really nice. I had never seen and image of it.

Sharon said...

I wouldn't have guessed this bridge was that old. Back where I grew up in Illinois, a lot of the old bridges are being replaced by suspension bridges so I guess I had a more modern viewpoint of them.

VioletSky said...

I've always love the elegance of this bridge. A year and a half is a long time - so it must be major structural work. That would make me a bit nervous after the fact of having driven over it the last month!

EG Wow said...

I'm glad it's being repaired. It's quite lovely.

Cezar and Léia said...

This bridge is fantastic, I love those lines and wonderful structure!
Happy Sunday
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Elisa said...

Hello,
Very nice shot. Well done.
I share with all of you the Sundayn Bridges. Thanks Louis!
Best regards from Argentine
Elisa

Ruela said...

I love bridges!

Jenny Woolf said...

Funny, that bridge always seems to be just about to go under repair or have just been repaired, perhaps I'm just losing track of time! :)

Luckaa said...

It is interesting bridge!

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