History and Construction of the Humber Bridge

The Completed Construction

The Humber Bridge when first constructed was the largest single span suspended roadway in the world! It spans some 1,410 meters, thatís 13 and a half lengths of Wembley Stadium!


The bridge sits 30 meters above the river to allow shipping to safely pass under.


The two towers that support the Bridge are 510 ft high, just over half the size of the Eiffel Tower. The roadway is made up of 124 sections all weighing 140 tons, roughly the weight of a Blue Whale.


The cables that suspend the bridge are 14,948 parallel galvanized drawn wires of 5mm in diameter spun together to make one steel wire cable of 62m in diameter.

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