NG7527 : View Towards The Skye Bridge/Drochaid an Eilein

taken 4 years ago, near to Kyleakin/Caol Acain, Highland, Great Britain

View Towards The Skye Bridge/Drochaid an Eilein
View Towards The Skye Bridge/Drochaid an Eilein
The Skye Bridge is a road bridge over Loch Alsh, Scotland, connecting the mainland with the Isle of Skye. It forms part of the A87. One pillar of the bridge stands on the island of Eilean Bàn.
Traditionally, the usual route from the mainland to Skye was the shortest crossing, with a length of around 500 metres (1,640 ft), across the sound between the villages of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland and Kyleakin on the island's east coast. A ferry service operated from around 1600, run by private operators and latterly by Caledonian MacBrayne.
A variety of locations and designs were proposed, and the contract was awarded to Miller-Dywidag, a consortium composed of Scottish construction company Miller Construction, German engineering company DYWIDAG Systems International, and financial partner the Bank of America. The Miller-Dywidag proposal (designed in collaboration with civil engineering firm Arup) was for a single-span concrete arch, supported by two piers resting on caissons in the loch and using Eilean Bàn as a stepping-stone. The PFI plan was accepted, and received support from local MP Charles Kennedy and the local council in the full knowledge that it would be on a high-toll basis for a limited period. Although the bridge itself was built with PFI, the approach roads were the responsibility of the Scottish Office, which paid £15 million for the roads and associated improvements, and to cover the costs associated with decommissioning the ferry. Construction began in 1992 and the bridge was opened by Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth on 16 October 1995. Then the ferry service ceased, and the bridge and the Mallaig — Armadale ferry were the only year-round connections to the mainland.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 6 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Islands  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 7505 2730 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:16.8462N 5:44.0271W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 7507 2732
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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