10 facts about the Orwell Bridge

10 facts about the Orwell Bridge that you did not know.

  1. The Orwell Bridge is the longest bridge in the United Kingdom without a toll
  2. The Orwell Bridge has 18 spans
  3. The Orwell Bridge houses a water main supplying water to Felixstowe.
  4. When the bridge finished construction in December 1982, the Orwell Bridge was the longest continuously post-tensioned concrete bridge in the United Kingdom.
  5. The length of the Orwell Bridge grows and shrinks by up to 60cm due to thermal expansion
  6. The Orwell Bridge is 1287 metres long
  7. The Orwell Bridge carries an average of 55,000 vehicles per day.
  8. The Orwell Bridge is 43 metres tall
  9. The Orwell Bridge is hollow inside so it is possible to walk from one side to the other.
  10. Sadly 44 persons have committed suicide off the Orwell Bridge