Queen Alexandra Bridge
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|Sunderland Yacht Club||2 miles, 1¼ furlongs|
|Sunderland Marina||2 miles, ½ furlongs|
|Hendon Dock||1 mile, 7½ furlongs|
|Wearmouth Bridge||1 mile, 1¾ furlongs|
|Wearmouth Rail Bridge||1 mile, 1½ furlongs|
|Queen Alexandra Bridge|
|Hylton Viaduct||2 miles, 1¾ furlongs|
|Cox Green Footbridge||4 miles, 3¼ furlongs|
|Victoria Viaduct||4 miles, 7½ furlongs|
|Fatfield Bridge||5 miles, 4½ furlongs|
|Chartershaugh Bridge||5 miles, 7 furlongs|
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Wikipedia has a page about Queen Alexandra Bridge
- This article is about the bridge crossing the River Wear; for the bridge crossing the Ottawa River, see Alexandra Bridge.
The Queen Alexandra Bridge is a road traffic, pedestrian and (former) rail bridge spanning the River Wear in North East England, linking the Deptford and Southwick areas of Sunderland. The steel truss bridge was designed by Charles A. Harrison (a nephew of Robert Stephenson's assistant). It was built by Sir William Arrol between 1907 and 1909 and officially opened by The Earl of Durham, on behalf of Queen Alexandra on June 10, 1909.
In 1899 the North Eastern Railway and the Sunderland Corporation agreed to build the bridge to improve communications across the river and to connect the coalfields of Annfield Plain and Washington with Sunderland's south docks. Before the completion of the bridge, road traffic crossing the river had to use one of two ferries which crossed below near to where the bridge is today. As the bridge was due to be built near to the successful shipyards of the Wear, a clause in the North Eastern Railway Act 1900 required that only one arch span be built over the river to give a clearance of 85 feet above high water level.
The approaches to the bridge were completed in 1907 by the Mitchell Brothers of Glasgow and the bridge proper comprises three 200 foot land spans (weighing 1,000 tons of steel each) and a 300-foot river span (weighing 2,600 tons of steel) and was the heaviest bridge in the United Kingdom at the time. The bridge was built from each side of the river and the two halves came together at noon on 15 October 1908. In all, a total of 8,500 tons of steel, 4,500 tons of granite, 60,000 tons of red sandstone from Dumfries, and 350,000 bricks were used and the cost of completion was £450,000. The bridge also housed gas and water mains and in later years, high voltage electricity cables and a pumped rising-main for sewage.
About six million tons of coal passed over the upper-deck annually for export but the trade rapidly declined at the end of the 1910s. For the last few years only one train per day passed over the bridge. The last goods train ran over in 1921, but the lower-deck continues as a valuable road link. In the Second World War, the upper-deck was used as a searchlight and anti-aircraft platform. The railway and decking at each end of the bridge were finally removed near to the end of the 20th century. A large free standing brick and stone viaduct fragment remains on the north side of the Bridge.
From 21 March 2005, the bridge had been restricted to southbound traffic whilst repainting and repair work was carried out on the 96-year-old structure, which was due to take almost a year to complete. It reopened for both lanes of traffic on 12 October 2006, having been partly closed for 18 months and costing £6.3m in repairs.
- Sunderland, Tyne and Wear (City, Food & Beverage)
2462 yards to the southeast.
- MEAT DIRECT CASH AND CARRY (Grocery Store)
554 yards to the southeast.
- Bijoux Beauty (Hair Salon)
926 yards to the southeast.
- Dominos pizza (Pizza Place, Italian Restaurant)
984 yards to the southwest.
- Stan Allinson and Son Glaziers (Commercial & Industrial, Local Service)
1171 yards to the south.
- Mountain Daisy (Business)
916 yards to the south.
- Hanover Place (Pub)
796 yards to the east.
- Kacey's Bar (Burger Restaurant, Arts & Entertainment)
911 yards to the southeast.
- The Saltgrass (Pub, Family Style Restaurant)
723 yards to the east.
- Free Gardeners Arms (Pub, Arts & Entertainment)
770 yards to the southeast.
- Exercise 4 Less Sunderland (GymPhysical Fitness Center)
477 yards to the northeast.
- Illusions Nightclub (Dance & Night Club)
506 yards to the south.
- AAA Sports Sunderland (GymPhysical Fitness Center)
910 yards to the northeast.
- NKsalons - the LAB (Beauty, Cosmetic & Personal Care)
831 yards to the northeast.
- Alexandra Park (Park)
703 yards to the southeast.
- ELITE Health And Fitness (GymPhysical Fitness Center)
834 yards to the north.
- Southwick Health Centre Doctors (Family Doctor)
725 yards to the northeast.
- SR2 Fitness (Personal Trainer, GymPhysical Fitness Center)
1207 yards to the northwest.
- Bristol St Motors (Car Dealership)
659 yards to the northwest.
- St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School (Elementary School)
720 yards to the south.
- Borneo Bistro (Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant, Bar)
919 yards to the south.
- The Old Forge Surgery (Doctor)
664 yards to the southwest.
- Sunderland Wall (Rock Climbing Gym)
626 yards to the west.
- T4 Training (Local Business)
498 yards to the northeast.
- New Level Gym (GymPhysical Fitness Center)
1050 yards to the west.
- Richard Hardie Group (Automotive Company, Automotive Service)
381 yards to the northeast.
- Car & Bike Magic (Region)
196 yards to the north.
- Sunderland Empire (Performance Art Theatre)
1485 yards to the southeast.
- Stadium of Light (Public & Government Services)
1248 yards to the east.