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Wye Bridge (Chepstow)

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Wye Bridge
Pont Gwy
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Severn Bridge
To:  Chepstow Interchange
County
Gloucestershire • Monmouthshire
Highway Authority
Highways England • Welsh Government
Opening Date
1966
Additional Information
List No:  1119761  (Grade II)
Bridge Type:  Cable Stayed
On road(s)
M48
Crossings related to the M48
This article is about the bridge on the M48.
For other bridges with the same name, see Wye Bridge
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The Wye Bridge is a cable-stayed girder bridge which carries the M48 motorway over the River Wye between Chepstow and Beachley as part of the Severn Crossing. In addition to the motorway, the bridge carries separate footways and a cycle track. The River Wye forms the modern boundary between England and Wales, and it is therefore this bridge, rather than the Severn Bridge, which crosses the border.

History

Originally opened on 8 September 1966 to carry the M4 motorway, the bridge was strengthened in the 1980s by the replacement of the original single-cable arrangement with two multi-strand cables, in order to accommodate increased vehicle loadings. The original cable strands were compressed to form a single thick cable whereas the two new cables have been left as a number of discrete strands to facilitate inspection. This strengthening work was carried out at the same time as a major strengthening of the adjoining Severn Bridge.

Renumbering

In 1996, the Second Severn Crossing was opened, and the Wye Bridge became part of the M48, with a substantial decrease in traffic.

Toll charges

The bridge was tolled as part of the Severn Crossing concession. Tolls were levied on westbound traffic only at toll booths east of the Severn Bridge. A single toll covered both Severn and Wye bridges as there is no entry or exit to the M48 between the two bridges.

Tolls on both crossings were withdrawn on 17 December 2018.

Listing

The Bridge, along with the Beachley Viaduct is Grade II listed.

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Wye Bridge (Chepstow)
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Crossings of the River Wye
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