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|UKP 10m To Mend Millenium Bridge |
- And it's unlikely to be open by the end of the year
THE COST of repairing the wobbly Millennium Bridge could reach a whopping UKP 10 million, experts said yesterday.
Engineers reckon the cost of fixing the bridge, which had to close in July because of violent swaying effects, could run up to UKP2 million. But a senior member of the project thinks otherwise.
Dr Arvind Kumar, adviser to investors the Corporation of London, believes that more extensive repairs are necessary, at a cost of UKP5 million. And even then there might still be problems.
"This will make the problem tolerable but you can't totally rectify the bridge except by raising the height of the cables, which could cost up to UKP10 million," he said.
Tokyo bridge expert, Professor Yozo Fujino believes the bridge could remain closed for some time. Fujino, who is regarded as an authority on bridge vibration said: " This is not a minor problem and it will be very difficult for the bridge to open this year."
Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the 360-yard structure was the first new Thames crossing in 100 years. It was forced to close after two days and declared unfit for use.