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Wentbridge Viaduct Carrying Bypass over Valley of River Went

A Grade II Listed Building in Darrington, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.649 / 53°38'56"N

Longitude: -1.2553 / 1°15'19"W

OS Eastings: 449321

OS Northings: 417198

OS Grid: SE493171

Mapcode National: GBR MVP7.0P

Mapcode Global: WHDCF.PJFZ

Plus Code: 9C5WJPXV+HV

Entry Name: Wentbridge Viaduct Carrying Bypass over Valley of River Went

Listing Date: 29 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1323681

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469299

Location: Darrington, Wakefield, WF8

County: Wakefield

Civil Parish: Darrington

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Darrington St Luke and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Wentbridge Viaduct carrying Bypass over valley of river Went


Road bridge over valley. 1961. West Riding County Council Bridges department; F A Sims, senior designer and resident engineer. Prestressed concrete. Beam continuous over three spans 140-190-14Oft, supported at abutments and two raking legs hinged at top and bottom. Span between bottoms of legs 308ft. Early (probably first in England) use of prestressing cables external to the concrete sections. Early (possibly first in England) use of precast concrete hinges, a section of which was tested for load and rotation by the Cement and Concrete Association. This was the largest structure of its kind in Europe when built, it was recognized in 1964 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a structure of significance in twentieth century engineering.
(Structural Concrete: Sims F A: The Design of the Wentbridge Viaduct (Nov/Dec): 1963-; Structural Concrete: Markham R B: The Construction of the Wentbridge Viaduct (Nov/Dec): 1963-).

Listing NGR: SE4932117198

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