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Bridges take shape at Olympic Park

Images released today show the progress of the new network of roads and bridges throughout the Olympic Park site

The infrastructure will comprise over 50 bridges in total, which will connect the fragmented pockets of land the park occupies.

The principle north/south bridge has been completed and is now being used as the main access route for construction traffic. During the Games, the bridge will be temporarily expanded to over 70m in width to cope with the expected footfall.

The Olympic Stadium site occupies an island linked to the park through five new bridges. The first 11m-wide footbridge which spans 41m across the River Lea is nearing completion.

The 16m-wide bridge deck which forms the main route to Zaha Hadid’s aquatic centre has been lifted into place using the largest crane in Europe. The bridge spans the 50m over the waterworks river and was designed by Dublin architect Heneghan Peng.

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