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Second crack found in Clyde Arc

A crack has been found in a second support on the Clyde Arc bridge in Glasgow – just ten days after it was closed because of a support snapping.

The bridge is now expected to remain closed for six months. It has been closed since the incident, and all river traffic has also been stopped on the Clyde.

The council, designers Halcrow, and contractors Nuttall are all carrying out inspections on the bridge.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “The casting that failed has been taken away for inspection and testing and the Council, constructors and designers are still awaiting the results of this.

“We are carrying out inspections of all similar components on the bridge. In the course of an inspection today, a crack was found in another similar connector on a different hanger.”

The crack was found yesterday evening.

The £20 million bridge, known locally as the Squinty Bridge because it runs at an angle across the water, was built in September 2006 – the first new crossing over the Clyde since 1969.

Glasgow Council say it is still under guarantee from Nuttall. Tests are still taking place on the original snapped support.