Category:Sir Bobby Robson Bridge
The bridge span is 61m long, 3.7m wide and allows 2.3m of clearance in spring tides. It's supported by a single 35m high wishbone shaped pylon on the west bank, through which passes eight suspension wires in four parallel pairs.
It bridges the River Orwell, although it's often named as being over the River Gipping, as the definition of where the freshwater Gipping becomes the tidal Orwell is vague. Up-river is the Constantine Road wier (which some define as the Gipping/Orwell boundary), while down-river is a rail bridge carrying a goods line. The bridge runs from the corner of Compair Crescent in the Voyage mixed use development on the west bank, to the bend in the West End Road (the A137) in the Ipswich Village area of civic/business buildings on the east side (which is the town side).
It opened in August 2009 and was named after Sir Bobby Robson after a competition in the Evening Star newspaper. Robson was manager of Ipswich Town F.C. from 1969 until 1982, guiding them to success in the 1981 UEFA Cup Final. Ipswich Town's home stadium Portman Road is a short distance away from the east end of the bridge.It cost around £800,000 and was funded by the property developer Fairview as a condition of obtaining planning permission for the Voyage development, which was built on the site of the former Compair Reavell foundry.
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