5 Jul 2007

"Many Rivers To Cross" by UB40

I knew when I took a look & Photographed this bridge earlier this year that it was something very special and now it seems I am not alone. See article from the Press & Journal inserted below for details. Click here for photos of the Bridge.

Press & Journal; 08:50 - 04 July 2007
One of the north-east's most iconic structures will be designated as an international civil engineering landmark at a ceremony today. Civil engineers from Britain and the United States will gather at the historic Thomas Telford Bridge which spans the River Spey at Craigellachie to mark the occasion. A plaque will be unveiled on the bridge by members of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers in Telford's honour. The ceremony is part of a programme of events being held during the summer to coincide with the 250th anniversary of his birth. Opened in 1814, the 150ft-span bridge is the oldest surviving example of Telford's prefabricated lozenge-lattice cast-iron arch design. It was cast in sections at an ironworks in north Wales and transported by sea to Speymouth from where it was conveyed to the construction site by horse-drawn wagon. The bridge continued to carry traffic over the Spey until the early 1970s when a new road bridge was built just downstream. The picturesque structure attracts thousands of visitors every year and is one of Moray's most photographed landmarks.Telford was born in the Borders and went on to become one of the greatest civil engineers of his time. Among his most celebrated feats of engineering is the Caledonian Canal.In Moray alone he was responsible not only for the Craigellachie Bridge but also the original Spey Bridge at Fochabers, Burghead harbour, the Spynie Canal, Cullen pier and Tomintoul Church. Later this year it is planned to create a Thomas Telford Trail linking all of Telford's surviving construction projects in Moray.

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