An amenity we all take for granted

WELL done to Ray Barker for providing The Press (Yesterday Once More, November 26) with fine and interesting photographs of the construction of Clifton Bridge in 1963.

The bridge is something that many of us use almost daily without giving any real thought to how it was created.

It deals with heavy traffic travelling across in either direction plus at times a very flooded river with strong currents flowing underneath, which must test the structure to the limit.

We should be grateful to all those who worked on this project.

I see from the photographs that all this was achieved without heavy machinery, hard hats, goggles, steel toe-capped boots and high-vis jackets.

Ken Thorpe, Ebor Way, Upper Poppleton, York.

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4:37pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Steve, says...

The rover flowing under it doesn't have that much bearing on it's strength.. an since concrete only hardens over time I fail to see how this is so magnificent.
The rover flowing under it doesn't have that much bearing on it's strength.. an since concrete only hardens over time I fail to see how this is so magnificent. Steve,

5:01pm Wed 28 Nov 12

The Dasher says...

The "rover" flowing?????

"an" since?????

Shame your diction & vocabulary aren't magnificent my dear friend Steve!
The "rover" flowing????? "an" since????? Shame your diction & vocabulary aren't magnificent my dear friend Steve! The Dasher

2:31am Sat 1 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

Oh dear. Firstly I didn't realise a dog flowed under the bridge!

Concrete does harden for a brief while in it's life, but after a few years concrete will decay and crumble, this is accellerated by freezethaw errosion every winter. This affects anything made out of concrete from bollards and lamp posts right up to 1960's tower blocks. Only well built concrete structures will repel such weathering attacks.
Oh dear. Firstly I didn't realise a dog flowed under the bridge! Concrete does harden for a brief while in it's life, but after a few years concrete will decay and crumble, this is accellerated by freezethaw errosion every winter. This affects anything made out of concrete from bollards and lamp posts right up to 1960's tower blocks. Only well built concrete structures will repel such weathering attacks. Magicman!

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