More on Gem Bridge

On Saturday, I took some more photos I was given some photos, by a complete stranger that I will never recognise again. It was dark when the stranger gave me a micro-SD card containing the photos, and I’m sure he was wearing a wig, a false beard and sunglasses, so I cannot describe him at all.
As I have now clearly indicated how I obtained these photos, nobody can try and do me for trespassing, as one commenter on this blog has threatened to do.

Right, now with the nonsense out of the way, on with the pics! As you can see, the slender concrete pillars are nearly done, while segments of the actual bridge are being joined together. Presumably it won’t be long before some of the segments are being placed onto the pillars.

Two segments of the bridge being joined.
The view from Yelverton side.
More bridge segments being joined on the Tavistock side.
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3 thoughts on “More on Gem Bridge”

  1. Excellent! So good to see there is progress on this project. Pity the only information on that progress is coming from you. Would a monthly newsletter from them really be too much trouble?

  2. A newsletter would've been fantastic, as well as the specific date the bridge would be open (even if that date is subject to change, in case of delays).

    Off on a tangent here, but why was the previous construction called a viaduct, but this one is called a bridge? I believe a viaduct spans a valley, so nothing has changed there, yet the name has. Odd, don't you think?

  3. After a bit of Googling, it seems a viaduct is a series of short spans (like arches between piers). Gem bridge sits on piers but, after bolting sections together, is probably considered as a single, supported span.

    At this point I should insert a clause regarding not having a clue what I'm talking about.


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