Itchen Bridge

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Itchen Bridge
Picture of the Itchen Bridge
Coordinates 50°53′56″N 1°23′05″W / 50.8988°N 1.3847°W / 50.8988; -1.3847Coordinates: 50°53′56″N 1°23′05″W / 50.8988°N 1.3847°W / 50.8988; -1.3847
Carries A3025 road (2 lanes)
Crosses River Itchen
Locale Southampton
Owner Southampton City Council
Preceded by Northam Bridge
Design High-level hollow box girder
Total length 800 metres (870 yd)
Height 28 metres (92 ft)
Clearance above open
Engineering design by Kier Limited
Construction cost £12.174 million
Opened July 13, 1977 (1977-07-13)
Inaugurated March 22, 1974 (1974-03-22)
Replaces Woolston Floating Bridge
Toll variable (based on vehicle type)
Itchen Bridge is located in Southampton
Itchen Bridge
Itchen Bridge
Location in Southampton

The Itchen Bridge is a bridge over the River Itchen in Southampton, Hampshire. It is a high-level hollow box girder bridge. It is located about a mile from the river mouth. The bridge spans 870 yards (800 m), is 92 feet (28 m) at its highest point and weighs 62,000 tons.[citation needed] It was officially opened on 13 July 1977. At the Woolston end a toll booth operates daily. Southampton City Council levy a variable toll,[1] depending on vehicle type. The toll was originally charged in order to help pay the £12.174 million it cost to build. The toll succeeded in this some years ago,[2] but the toll remains to control the traffic in the areas surrounding the bridge. The bridge was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy on 13 July 1977,[3] although it had been open to public foot traffic since 31 May 1977 when Mrs Edith Parks became the first person to cross it. On 21 December 2010, it was announced that an automatic toll system would replace the staffed booth, saving over £200,000 annually.

The Itchen Bridge's set of blue energy-saving lights are very bright, and can be seen from up to five miles down Southampton Water from the bridge.

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