Government continues to emphasise the importance of infrastructure on our road to recovery. Two featured projects illustrate the best way to invest our finite resource.
The Stoneham Bridge is an innovative design solution that optimises use of materials to obtain a 75 year life for the structure. On an entirely different note, road users travelling along the A357 over the river Lydden cross what looks like any ordinary steel bridge on their way south. If they had the opportunity to take a closer look they would be confronted by a story that spans over 70 years.
The Lydlinch bridge started its life as a temporary structure during World War Two so that tanks could use the road south to Poole Harbour and Weymouth during the build-up of forces for the invasion of Europe.
On a recent site visit, I was struck by the elegant efficiency of the Callender-Hamilton design concept, the longevity of the galvanized coating and on a more poignant note the skill of the Canadian Engineer Corps that built it.
The bridge has become an important symbol locally and remains a fitting tribute to the men that erected it.