August 28, 2008

Suspension Cables on Tamar Bridge to Be Inspected

An inspection of the main suspension cables on the Tamar Bridge will be carried out over the next two months.

The internal inspection of the cables started yesterday and is part of planned maintenance work.

The bridge's main cables are made from 31 locked coil wire ropes, each 60mm in diameter, and the overall diameter of the main cable is about 380mm. Much of the inspection work, which is being carried out by contractor Ekspan Ltd, will be undertaken from scaffolding on the south side of the bridge and on the Saltash side.

Two sections of cable will be opened and the locked coil wire ropes will be wedged open to allow the inside of the cable to be inspected. The work will be done during normal working hours, mainly from 8am to 6pm, and there is a possibility of some weekend work.

Lanes may have to be closed at off-peak times.

Because of the potentially distracting nature of the work, motorists are asked to pay particular attention to the traffic around them when crossing the bridge.

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