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the bridge over Orwell river in fog

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Orwell Bridge From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Orwell Bridge from Orwell Country Park The Orwell Bridge was opened to road traffic in 1982 and carries the A14 (then A45) over the River Orwell just south of Ipswich in Suffolk, England. The main span is 190 metres which, at the time of its construction, was the longest pre-stressed concrete span in use. The total length is 1,287 metres from Wherstead to the site of the former Ipswich Airport. The width is 24 metres with an air draft of 43 metres. Pilings were sunk 40 metres into the river bottom. The main contractor was Stevin Construction B.V. - a Dutch company. Construction of the bridge commenced in October 1979 and was completed in December 1982. The main span was constructed by using a balanced cantilever technique, casting sections on alternating sides of the pier in a weekly cycle. The bridge is constructed of a pair of continuous concrete box girders with expansion joints that allow for expansion and contraction. The girders are hollow, allowing for easier inspection, as well as providing access for services, including telecom, power and a 711mm water main from the nearby Alton Water reservoir. The necessary inspections still cause major disruption to traffic every six years; during the last inspection in the summer of 2005 the delays caused by lane closures and speed restrictions added between 30 to 60 minutes to journey times during the peak commuting periods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell_Bridge

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A: View from the River Orwell Shoreline

by Carl Lamb, 30 meters away

View from the saltmarshes on the edge of the River Orwell near Ipswich. Part of a tour of the estuary.

View from the River Orwell Shoreline

B: Orwell Bridge

by Carl Lamb, 90 meters away

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C: Orwell path in Ipswich Suffolk

by Valentin Arfire, 820 meters away

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Orwell path in Ipswich Suffolk

D: Orwell bridge in the rainy spring

by Valentin Arfire, 900 meters away

Orwell bridge in the rainy spring

Orwell bridge in the rainy spring

E: wild park near Orwell River

by Valentin Arfire, 910 meters away

Orwell Ipswich Suffolk

wild park near Orwell River

F: by the Orwell River

by Valentin Arfire, 1.0 km away

Orwell Ipswich Suffolk

by the Orwell River

G: River Orwell North Shore | Orwell Country Park

by Carl Lamb, 1.1 km away

Here at the edge of the Orwell Country park we can view the Orwell Bridge just upstream.

River Orwell North Shore | Orwell Country Park

H: Orwell river - just minutes before the spring rain

by Valentin Arfire, 1.1 km away

just minutes before the spring rain

Orwell river - just minutes before the spring rain

I: Orwell river

by Valentin Arfire, 1.1 km away

and a lot of dust on the sensor :)

Orwell river

J: Ipswich_Orwell_boats

by Valentin Arfire, 1.2 km away

Ipswich_Orwell_boats

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