Michaelson Road Bridge

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Michaelson Road Bridge
Michaelson Rd Bridge.jpg
Michaelson Road Bridge in 2014 looking north
Coordinates54°06′30″N 3°13′43″W / 54.1082°N 3.2286°W / 54.1082; -3.2286Coordinates: 54°06′30″N 3°13′43″W / 54.1082°N 3.2286°W / 54.1082; -3.2286
CarriesMichaelson Road - motor vehicles, pedestrians
CrossesDevonshire and Buccleuch Docks
LocaleBarrow-in-Furness
Official nameMichaelson Road Bridge
Other name(s)Barrow Island Bridge
Characteristics
DesignBascule bridge
Total length315 m (1,033 ft)
History
Opened1884 (Original bridge)
1964 (Current bridge)

Michaelson Road Bridge is a road bridge connecting Central Barrow to Barrow Island in south Cumbria, England. The original high-level bridge was constructed between 1800 and 1884 and superseded by a more modern structure in the early 1960s.[1] It was built at a time when Barrow Island was actually an island and there was strong call for road access between mainland Barrow at the shipyard on Barrow Island. Traffic on the bridge was soon relieved when an old Victorian dock was filled in and space was created for the huge Devonshire Dock Hall complex, traffic now runs along the north side of the building on the A590.

Trams formerly operated across the bridge, but now it solely used for vehicles and pedestrians. A second Devonshire Dock footbridge is planned in the multimillion-pound Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness development.

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