by ARUP Group)
One of the worlds
largest bridges over a taxiway was fitted onto its pylons
May 25 at the U.K.s Gatwick airport. With a main span
of 128 meters, the 197-m bridge was fabricated, then transported
1.5 kilometers between wheeled gantries and held aloft for
a week while 22-m-tall splayed pylons were built into foundations.
Weighing 2,400 tonnes, the enclosed bridge with a curved roof
will allow Jumbo jets to pass. It was fabricated by Watson
Steel Ltd., Bolton, and moved by Fagioli PSC Ltd., Iver. London-based
Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Arup Group Ltd. designed it
for airport operator BAA plc.