USL BridgeCare News

Comb Joints Replaced On Scotswood Bridge After 52 Years Of Service!

USL Bridgecare has completed works to replace the existing comb expansion joints on Scotswood Bridge in Gateshead with our Transflex HM expansion joint system.

Transflex HM consists of moulded steel reinforced rubber modules for smooth transit between two separate surfaces on the same plane, absorbing expansion and contraction, translation and rotation movements.

 

Comb Joint Replacement

 

Advantages

  • Corrosion resistant elastomer casing
  • Movement accommodation up to 1600mm
  • Seismic
  • Accommodates skew movement
  • Factory vulcanised kerb units to suit changes in levels
  • Easy replaced

 

USL BridgeCare replaced the joints on the main approach, exit and entry ramps on the Gateshead side of the bridge.  It was the first work carried out on the comb joints in its 52-year history.

 

Comb Joint Replacement

 

In addition, work on the bridge was phased so that the expansion joints were replaced one at a time, to ensure that only one diversion route for vehicles will operate at any given time.

 

Comb Joint Replacement

 

Gateshead Council spokesperson said: “Fifty-two years is pretty good going for a bridge that has taken the amount of traffic the Scotswood Bridge has taken over the years, but it’s beginning to show its age. We needed to replace these joints now to guarantee the future of this important crossing.”

 

The bridge first opened for traffic in 1967 as a replacement for the 136 year-old Chain Bridge which was located a little downstream of the current bridge and which is mentioned in the well-known George Ridley song “Blaydon Races”.

 

Comb Joint Replacement

 

For more information please contact t: +44(0)191 416 1530 or e: info@usluk.com.