The Kincardine Bridge on the River Forth
|Locale||Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Design||Swing bridge with mix of secondary span structure types|
|Total length||822 metres (2,697 ft)|
|Longest span||111 metres (364 ft)|
|Designer||Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners|
The bridge was constructed between 1932 and 1936, to a design by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, Consulting Engineers, and Architect, Donald Watson. It was the first road crossing of the River Forth downstream of Stirling, completed nearly thirty years before the Forth Road Bridge, which stands fifteen miles to the south-east.
The bridge is part of the A985 road (formerly A876), and carries a single lane in each direction. Until the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge in 2008, it was the customary diversion route for traffic north from Edinburgh and eastern Scotland when the Forth Road Bridge was closed or under repair. As a result of the additional traffic using the bridge at these times, joining the high volume of regular commuter traffic, the town of Kincardine was frequently congested.
The original bridge, at over 70 years old, was identified by the Scottish Executive as being in need of replacement. The new Clackmannanshire Bridge was opened on 19 November 2008. The original bridge was given Category A listed status by Historic Scotland in 2005, and was closed temporarily for upgrading works in 2011.
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- Kincardine Bridge at Structurae
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- BBC news report, 1 October 2008
- Scottish Government, 'New bridge over Forth opens'.
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Media related to Kincardine Bridge at Wikimedia Commons