The new bridge is made of pre-      
 stressed concrete construction and    
 incorporates additional strengh to    
 enable it to carry an abnormal load of
 400 tonnes. It carries 4 lanes of     
 traffic and 1 footway. The bridge has 
 a navigational clearance of 152m wide 
 by 26m above mean high water level. To
 reduce the possibility of cracking    
 outside faces were provided with      
 thermal insulation throughout         
 construction. The total weight of the 
 bridge is 11.5 tonnes and is shared by
 2 main piers.                         
   The completion of the new bridge    
 provides a route across the River Tyne
 without the height or weight limits of
 its predecessors. It was officially   
 opened on 18th May 1983 by The        
 Princess of Wales.                    

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What is Domesday?

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