Closure dragged on five months after snapped cable led to replacement of all cable connectors

Glasgow’s £20m Clyde Arc bridge has finally reopened after a snapped support cable led to a five-month closure for repairs.

Clyde Arc

The 140m bridge, which spans from Finnieston to Pacific Quay, was closed on 14 January, originally for a few weeks to repair the cable.

But a safety inspection found a crack in another support cable, leading to a decision to replace all the cable connectors on the so-called “Squinty Bridge”, which was designed by Halcrow.

To enable the replacement to be made a saddle frame was fitted to the top of bridge from which wire cables were run down to support the bridge’s weight. The cast steel cable connectors were then replaced with milled steel ones and load-tested before erection.

The city council has said that the cost of the repairs, which is not yet known, will be footed by the contractor, civil engineering firm Edmund Nuttall Ltd.