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Blake Bridge

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Blake Bridge
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From:  Eastover
To:  Taunton Road
Highway Authority
Opening Date
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
Length:  48.77m (160 ft 0 in)
Max Span:  21.34m (70 ft 0 in)
On road(s)
A38 • A39
Crossings related to the A38
Crossings related to the A39
Blake Bridge over the Parrett

Bridgwater's Blake Bridge was opened on 29 March 1958 as part of the town centre's new relief road. It immediately increased the road capacity across the River Parrett by 200%, as the new bridge was dual-carriageway while the old Town Bridge only had two traffic lanes.

It was built of light coloured concrete and is 160 feet in length, having a central span of 70 feet and two side spans of 45 feet.

The construction of the new road saw a fair amount of demolition, particularly to the east of the river. However, the bridge approaches only saw the demolition of a handful of houses on Salmon Parade and Swimming Baths on the west bank. The new bridge is constructed of reinforced concrete and carries the dual carriageway road and wide pavements. The road is currently marked out as turning lanes for the junctions on either side of the river, and despite the addition of two further road bridges, not to mention the M5 Motorway, since it opened it can still be heavily congested.

The bridge takes its name from Admiral Blake, one of Bridgwater's most famous sons, who fought for Cromwell during the Civil War, before becoming an Admiral of the Navy, turning it into the most formidable force Britain had ever had.

Blake Bridge
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Crossings of the River Parrett & Tone
River ParrettSouth Perrott Bridge • Grey Abbey Bridge • Easthams Bridge • Haselbury Bridge • Byme Bridge • Petherton Bridge • Great Bow Bridge • Burrowbridge • Dunwear Bridge • Blake Bridge • Town Bridge (Bridgwater) • Chandos Bridge • Drove Bridge (Bridgwater)
Kings Sedgemoor Drain and River CaryDunball Bridge • Crandon Bridge • Greylake Bridge • Cary Bridge
River ToneBeverton Pond Bridge • Waterrow Bridge • Tone Bridge • Tytherleigh Bridge • Tone Bridge (Taunton) • Priory Bridge (Taunton) • Obridge Viaduct • Bathpool Bridge • M5 (Taunton) Viaduct • New Bridge (Curry Moor) • Athelney Bridge • Stanmoor Bridge

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