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Hythe Bridge (Oxford)

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1. 2017

This is a road bridge over a branch of the River Thames, having relatively shallow cast iron beams, with brick jack arches in between. The load-carrying capacity was inadequate for modern traffic, and its strength needed to be markedly increased. This was achieved in 1999 using an ingenious and completely unobtrusive solution using pre-stressed carbon fibre plates bonded to the underside of the beams[1]. Clamping plates for the carbon fibre reinforcement can be seen in photo 2.

1861 Tender of £400 by Horseley Ironworks accepted by the Hythe Bridge Committee[2]. However, the iron balustrades show the name of local ironfounder W. Lucy and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] New Civil Engineer, 21 October 1999
  2. Oxford Journal, 4 May 1861