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Bridge Opens Up For the Public

A unique UK bridge which has been coated with Akzo Nobel products has opened up to the public for the first time.

Members of the public can finally get their first close-up look at an historic UK bridge which has been coated by Akzo Nobel.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which spans the River Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle, is the world’s first rotating bridge, built at a cost of GBP 22 million.

Remarkable for opening and closing like a blinking eye, the bridge has been operational since June to allow river traffic to pass underneath. But the public had to wait until September 17 before being allowed to walk across it for the first time.

Four days of events were planned to mark the special occasion, including the first public display of the bridge’s hi-tech, multi-colored lighting system.

The 850 ton structure—which uses a tilting mechanism to open and rotate upwards—has been covered with 12,500 liters of paint supplied by International Protective Coatings.

(Released: September 11, 2001)


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