The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 79 (2001) > Issues > Issue 19 > Kingston bridge strengthening: phase 1
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Kingston bridge strengthening: phase 1

Kingston Bridge carries the M8 motorway across the River Clyde to the west of the city of Glasgow. It is a strategically important bridge providing the primary crossing of the Clyde within both the regional and local traffic networks. This paper describes the development and implementation of the £30m strengthening contract undertaken by Glasgow City Council for the Scottish Executive between 1996 and 2001 to rectify significant defects. The paper also includes a description of the defects, the bridge assessment findings and the strengthening and repair techniques employed in the works. Finally, there is a description of the management of the bridge to maintain its operational condition throughout the project. A. Brodie, BSc, CEng, MICE Senior Engineer, Scottish Executive I. Telford, BSc, CEng, MICE Project Manager, Glasgow City Council

Author(s): Brodie, A;Telford, I

Keywords: Bridges;strengthening;prestressing;retrofit;jacking;traffic loads;repairing;defects;maintaining;design;piers