Kincardine-on-Forth Bridge


    THE Kincardine-on-Forth Bridge which was opened to traffic on October 29 will be a great boon to motorists. Hitherto, traffic from Edinburgh to the north bank of the Forth had to cross either by the ferry at Queensferry or by the bridge at Stirling twenty-five miles to the west. The new road bridge is situated nine miles down stream from Stirling. The bridge is half a mile long, and its most interesting feature is the electrically operated swing span in the centre. This span, which rotates on a central pier, weighs 1,600 tons and has a length of 364 ft. probably the longest span of this type in the world. It provides two clear openings for shipping each 150 ft. wide. A roadway 30 ft. wide with two 5-ft. footpaths goes over the bridge. The whole of the equipment is controlled from a cabin at the top of the span. The saving in mileage between Edinburgh and Dunferm-line by this bridge amounts to 20 miles. The cost of the bridge was

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    Kincardine-on-Forth Bridge. Nature 138, 794 (1936).

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