Kyle of Tongue Bridge
|Kyle of Tongue Bridge|
The Kyle of Tongue Bridge
|Carries||Road traffic on the A838|
|Crosses||Kyle of Tongue|
|Total length||183 metres (600 ft)|
|No. of spans||18|
|Constructed by||Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners|
|Replaces||A passenger ferry service that ran until 1956|
The Kyle of Tongue Bridge is part of the Kyle of Tongue Causeway, which crosses Kyle of Tongue sea loch on the north coast of Scotland.
The bridge and causeway were built by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners in 1971 to carry the A838, the road from Thurso to Durness, across the loch. Until 1956 there had been a passenger ferry but the route around the head of the loch involved a narrow road some ten miles long. The causeway is 3.8 kilometres (2.4 mi) long and it crosses a natural island, Tongue Island (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Thunga). The 183-metre-long (600 ft) bridge is at the western end of the causeway and it has eighteen spans supported by twin piers. The bridge was fully refurbished in 2011.
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