The Humber Bridge is one of the world's famous long-span suspension bridges. The approach bridge is a reinforced concrete viaduct. The bridge is located in Kingston upon Hull, England, across the Humber River in England, connecting Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
The Humber Bridge is currently the eighth largest single-span suspension bridge in the world. Construction began in 1972 and was officially opened in 1981 in the presence of the Queen of England. At the beginning of its opening, it surpassed the Verrazano Bridge in New York City, USA, to become the longest single-cable suspension bridge in the world.
Until 1997, the Humber Bridge was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. Today, more than 100,000 cars cross the bridge every week. This post will introduce more details about the size of the Humber Bridge.
Description of the Humber Bridge Size
The bridge was opened in 1981, costing nearly £100 million to build. The opening of the Humber Bridge greatly facilitated the travel of the citizens of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. More than 400,000 tonnes of concrete was used in the bridge's construction, and the bridge's deck weighs more than 16 tonnes. The towers of the Humber Bridge are reinforced concrete hollow double pylons connected by beams. The height of the towers is 155.5 meters. Each of the main cables is more than 60cm thick. The bridge is designed to bend more than 3 meters in heavy winds.
The Humber Bridge Dimensions
The Humber Bridge is 2,220 meters long, the longest span is 1,410 meters, the span on the north bank is 280 meters, and the span on the south bank is 530 meters. The approach bridge is a reinforced concrete viaduct. The bridge deck of the Humber Bridge is 28.5 meters wide, the carriageway is 22 meters wide, and the sidewalks and bicycle lanes on both sides are 3 meters wide, providing convenience for the passage of vehicles and pedestrians.
|Total Length||2,220 m (7,280 ft)|
|Width||28.5 m (94 ft)|
|Tower Height||155.5 m (510 ft)|
|Longest Span||1,410 m (4,630 ft)|
|Clearance Below||30 m (98 ft)|
The Humber Bridge allowed the region to realize its commercial and industrial development potential. The reasons why a suspension bridge was the best choice. First, the Humber Estuary has a shifting bed, and the navigable channel along which ships can travel is always changing. Second, because of the geology and topography of the area, the cost of constructing a tunnel would have been high. The Bridge has also made a significant environmental contribution in reducing vehicle emissions.