Queen Alexandra Bridge
|Sunderland Yacht Club||2 miles, 1¼ furlongs|
|Sunderland Marina||2 miles, ¾ 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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699 yards to the northwest.
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632 yards to the northwest.
- Tropical Tanning & Beauty (Beauty Salon, Tanning Salon, Nail Salon)
757 yards to the northeast.
- Hair Philosophy (Hair Salon, Beauty Salon)
1006 yards to the southwest.
- Armageddon Fit Training Academy (Fitness Center, Gym, Physical Fitness)
1071 yards to the northwest.
- Dominos pizza (Restaurant)
973 yards to the southwest.
- Luciano's Ristorante (Italian Restaurant)
1603 yards to the southeast.
- Ropery Deptford (Food & Restaurant)
302 yards to the east.
- Posh pooches dog groomers sunderland (Pet Groomer)
867 yards to the northeast.
- Richard Hardie Sunderland (Car Dealership)
460 yards to the northeast.
- Pulman SEAT (Car Dealership)
846 yards to the northwest.
- University of Sunderland (School, Campus Building, College & University)
1530 yards to the southeast.
- University of Sunderland Library Services (College & University)
1528 yards to the southeast.
- Sunderland Royal Hospital (Nursing, Hospital)
1352 yards to the south.
- Sunderlandnow (Broadcasting & Media Production)
140 yards to the northwest.
- The Stadium of Light - Sunderland (Sports Venue & Stadium, Concert Venue)
1227 yards to the east.
- DW Sports & Fitness (Gym)
1631 yards to the west.
- The Times Inn (Arts & Entertainment)
190 yards to the north.
- Borneo Bistro (Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant)
935 yards to the south.
- Bristol Street Motors (Car Dealership)
649 yards to the northwest.
- Children's Ward, Sunderland Royal Hospital (Hospital)
1275 yards to the south.
- Sunderland Maternity Wing (Hospital)
1440 yards to the south.
- Sunderland Climbing Wall (Rock Climbing)
600 yards to the west.
- Niall Quinn Centre (Sports & Recreation)
1367 yards to the south.
- Millfield Medical Centre (Medical Center, Health Clinic)
962 yards to the southeast.
- Premier Gym (Gym)
902 yards to the south.
- CitySpace (Sports Center, Gym, College & University)
1531 yards to the southeast.
- Liebherr (Manufacturing)
815 yards to the east.
- Start Up - North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC) (Business Center)
822 yards to the northwest.
- Sunderland Magistrates Court (Courthouse)
1483 yards to the southeast.
- City Hospitals Sunderland (Hospital)
1310 yards to the south.
- Sunderland Empire (Theatre, Performance Venue)
1452 yards to the southeast.
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. n
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.n
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