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Nelson Mandela Bridge


(Suspension Bridge)

A suspension bridge which crosses the River Almond near the Visitor Centre in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, the Nelson Mandela Bridge was built in 1970 with the help of the Royal Engineers. It is 40m (131 feet) in length. The 19-m (62-foot) high cable stayed A-frame which supports the wooden deck was hoisted by a large crane after being flown in by helicopter. It won a Civic Trust Award for its structural steel design. Originally known simply as the Suspension Bridge, it was renamed in 1985 in honour of the South African activist Nelson Mandela.


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