The Clyde Arc


The Clyde Arc (known locally as the Squinty Bridge), is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, in west-central Scotland, connecting Finnieston, near the Clyde Auditorium and SECC with Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre in Govan. A prominent feature of the bridge is its innovative curved design and the way that it crosses the river at an angle.

The Clyde Arc

Planning permission to build the bridge, designed to last 120 years, was granted in 2003 and construction began in May 2005, with structural completion in April 2006.

With a main span of 96 metres and two end spans of 36.5 metres the bridge totals 169 metres The main span is a steel arch and the supports for the arch are located within the river.

Designed to connect Finnieston Street on the north bank of the river to Govan Road on the southern bank the bridge has four lanes for traffic. Two lanes are dedicated to public transport, the other two are for private and commercial traffic. In addition, there are pedestrian and cycle paths. The Clyde Arc was built to provide better access to Pacific Quay and the regeneration areas on both banks of the Clyde.

 

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