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Ouse Bridge (M62)

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Ouse Bridge
Ouse Motorway Bridge.jpg
Central spans over the Ouse
Coordinates 53°43′37″N 0°52′44″W / 53.727°N 0.879°W / 53.727; -0.879
OS grid reference NZ256639
Carries Road Motor Vehicles (M62)
Crosses River Ouse
Locale Goole
Maintained by Highways Agency
Preceded by Boothferry bridge
Followed by Goole railway swing bridge
Design Plate girder bridge
Material Reinforced concrete
Total length 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi)
Height 30 metres (98 ft)
Longest span 89 metres (292 ft) (three main spans)
No. of spans 29
Piers in water 4
Designer Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners
Constructed by Costain
Fabrication by Redpath Dorman Long
Construction start January 1973
Construction end May 1976
Construction cost £6.75 million
Inaugurated 24 May 1976
Ouse Bridge is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Ouse Bridge
Ouse Bridge
Location in East Riding of Yorkshire

The Ouse Bridge is a reinforced concrete plate girder bridge that spans River Ouse between Goole and Howden in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It carries the M62 and is situated between junctions 36 and 37. It was built between 1973 and 1976 by Costain and was designed by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners. The bridge was officially opened to traffic on 24 May 1976 by John Gilbert the Labour Minister of Transport.

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Traffic to and from Hull to the A1 historically went over Boothferry Bridge, on the A614, which was a swing bridge.

The position of the bridge and the M62 resulted from a study carried out in 1964 by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners. They would also design the bridge. It is a haunched girder bridge.

Regional position

The extension of the M18 (from the current M180), the M62, and the first part of (what would become) the M180 (to Scunthorpe only) was announced in Hull in September 1965. At that time, it would be five years before the M62 would cross the Pennines, and the Humber Bridge would not be given firm funding until the Hull North by-election, 1966 in January 1966. The extension of the M180 would also require a similar bridge over the Trent which, like the Ouse Bridge, was the final part of that motorway section to open (in 1979, three years later). The Humber Bridge began construction (on the south-side embankment) in July 1972, and the Ouse Bridge followed only six months later; both were being built at the same time, and the Humber Bridge opened five years after the Ouse Bridge. Costain built the 2.5km southern approach road from the Humber Bridge to the A1077 at the same time as the Ouse Bridge, including a 320m viaduct with seven concrete box spans. Both sides of the Humber would be linked in February 1977. At the time of opening of the Ouse Bridge, the Humber Bridge was projected to cost £40 million, and to be completed by 1978. The M18 was projected, at the time, to open by mid-1978, but opened in February 1979.


In the early stages an immersed tube tunnel was considered, which was thought to be too expensive. The superstructure was designed by Redpath Dorman Long and G Maunsell & Partners. 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) of the River Ouse had to be bridged. The area was in the Boothferry district of Humberside. The gradient of the road on the approach to the bridge is 1 in 33.


View from underneath
View from underneath

The Ouse Bridge Contract for £6.75 million (£75 million in today's figures) was awarded in January 1973 to a consortium of Costain Civil Engineering and Redpath Dorman Long.

There were 120 large steel cylinder piles of 1.5 metre diameter and 20 metres long driven into the ground by a self-elevating platform barge with a steam hammer. These were carried out by Raymond International.[1]

The steelwork was fabricated at RDL works in Teesside. There were steel supply problems. In July 1975 there was a partial collapse of a military trestle on pier 15.[2]


It was opened on 24 May 1976 by John Gilbert, Baron Gilbert, the Minister of Transport. It was the last section of the main part of the M62 to open, comprising 109 miles. The M62 had taken 15 years and cost £190 million. The A63 Caves Bypass and M62 Balkholme sections (built by Clugston Construction) had opened on 19 February 1976. The Balkholme to Caves section was the first use on a UK motorway of continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP), which has no transverse joints.


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