Napier Bridge

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Napier Bridge
Napier Bridge 01.jpg
A view of the Napier Bridge from Swami Sivanandha Salai
Coordinates 13°04′08″N 80°17′04″E / 13.0688°N 80.2845°E / 13.0688; 80.2845Coordinates: 13°04′08″N 80°17′04″E / 13.0688°N 80.2845°E / 13.0688; 80.2845
Carries 6 lanes of traffic and pedestrians
Crosses Cooum river
Locale Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Characteristics
Material Concrete
Longest span 138 m (452.8 ft)
History
Construction begin 1869; 148 years ago (1869)
1999; 18 years ago (1999) (appended)

Napier Bridge is a bridge in Chennai (Madras), India, built over the Coovum River connecting Fort St. George with the Marina beach.

History[edit]

One of the city's oldest bridges, it was built in 1869 by Francis Napier who was the Governor of Madras from 1866 to 1872.

Structure[edit]

Alongside the iron bridge built in 1869, a new bridge was built in 1999 with a 10.5 m (34 ft)-wide carriageway on the western side. The eastern side carriageway is 9.75 m (32.0 ft) in width. The bridge is 138 m (453 ft) long with 6 spans (bowstrings) across the river near its mouth.[1] It has 2 m (6 ft 7 in) wide footpaths.

Beautification[edit]

As part of the Marina Beach beautification project, special lights have been fixed beneath the bridge providing a visual effect as if the bridge is floating on the river water. A combination of lighting effects has been created on the arches and surface using 464 bulbs and fixtures.[2] The lights and fixtures covered the outer arch, inner arch, edge, bottom, road and pedestrian pathways of the bridge. The 1.62 crore (equivalent to 2.5 crore or US$390,000 in 2016) special lighting arrangement was inaugurated by the then Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. K. Stalin, on 27 July 2010.[3]

The lighting designers for the bridge's new look was awarded to LDP Lighting of Sydney, Australia, who have also designed the lighting for the Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam,[4] Sydney Harbour Bridge,[5] and the Sydney Opera House.[6]

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