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UK - Manchester - Salford - Bridge sq v2

I've pulled this image of the lifting bridge at Salford Quays about a bit in Photoshop but for some reason I cannot get the symmetry perfect. In some ways it makes the photo more intriguing.


From Wikipedia : "Designed by Carlos Fernandez Casado, the bridge has a main span of 95m in a Lohse Arch, with the two peaks of the twin arches connected at the crown. These brace one another, resulting in greater structural rigidity. The deck is connected to the arches with vertical members, which splay outwards at an increasing angle towards the centre of the span. The sweeping arches are decorated with blue LED lighting, while the deck is illuminated with white downlighting. Pedestrians are protected from the prevailing winds by glass sides, coloured blue at foot level and tapering in, following the angle of the arches.


The lifting design utilises four white tubular steel space truss towers with concrete counterweights mounted internally on red carriers, although early plans envisioned spherical counterweights. These are suspended by cable over large grey wheels, mounted above decorative triangular maintenance platforms. This counterbalancing system allows the bridge to complete a raising or lowering through its 18m lift in less than three minutes. The outermost truss sections of each tower curve away from the main bridge at the base, tapering to a point, and each tower is topped with two decorative blue lights. The four towers also feature uplighting from the maintenance platform, although this feature has not been operational for some time."

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Taken on October 25, 2010