Devon

New M5 bridge at Exeter lifted into place

  • 14 February 2011
  • From the section Devon

The main span of a new £3.75m bridge over the M5 near Exeter has been lifted into place.

The operation to install the 220 tonne structure took place on Sunday night after a previous attempt on Saturday was prevented by high winds.

The motorway was closed overnight while the work took place.

The Redhayes pedestrian and cycle bridge will provide a link between Exeter and the city's new science park, which is currently being constructed.

It will also provide a safe route to the planned new town of Cranbrook.

Three cranes were used to perform the bridge lift.

Engineer Steve Denton said: "I've seen a few of these bridge moves but this is certainly the biggest one.

"It's just a very exciting project so it's terrific to see it in place."

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