The Tay Road Bridge is around 1.4 miles (2,250 m) long, making it one of the longest bridges in Europe, and slopes gradually downward towards Dundee.The bridge was designed by William A. Fairhurst and construction began in March 1963.
It consists of 42 spans with a navigation channel located closer to the Fife side. During the construction of the bridge, 140,000 tons of concrete, 4,600 tons of mild steel and 8,150 tons of structural steel was used. The bridge has a gradient of 1:81 running from 9.75 m (32.0 ft) above sea-level in Dundee to 38.1 m (125.0 ft) above sea-level in Fife.
The bridge took 3½ years to build at a cost of approximately £6 million, and five workers' lives were lost.
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