Perth Bridge

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Perth Bridge
Perth Bridge, Perth.jpg
looking across to Perth Bridge
Coordinates 56°23′56″N 3°25′31″W / 56.3990°N 3.4252°W / 56.3990; -3.4252Coordinates: 56°23′56″N 3°25′31″W / 56.3990°N 3.4252°W / 56.3990; -3.4252
Carries Two lanes of the A85
Crosses River Tay
Locale Perth, Scotland
Maintained by Perth and Kinross Council
Heritage status Category A listed
Design Arch
Opened 1771

Perth Bridge (also known as Smeaton's Bridge, locally, the Old Bridge and in the local dialect of Scots, "the Auld Brig") is a toll-free bridge in the city of Perth, Scotland. It spans the River Tay, connecting Perth, on the western side of the river, to Bridgend, on its eastern side, carrying both automotive and pedestrian traffic of West Bridge Street (the A85). It is a Category A listed structure.[1]

The bridge was completed in October 1771,[2][3] which places it in the Georgian era; however, its plaque states the year in which construction began, 1766, as its "built" date. The engineer of its construction was John Smeaton, after whom the bridge is named.

Funded by Thomas Hay, 9th Earl of Kinnoull, the government, and public subscription, the bridge was put to the test three years after its completion. In February 1774, during a quick thaw, broken ice became wedged under the arches and created a natural dam. Large sections of Perth, including both of its Inches, were flooded. The bridge, however, stood firm.[4] It has survived many subsequent floods, and marks documenting these levels are visible on one of its piers.[5]

An increase in traffic resulted in the bridge being widened in 1869 by A.D. Stewart. Its stone parapets were removed, and footpaths projected over iron brackets.[4]



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