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- Kingston Bridge
In the 1960s, as the number of motor cars increased, the City of Glasgow decided to extend the the M8 motorway which runs from Edinburgh to Glasgow so that it could run into the centre of Glasgow, just north of the city city. It then swings south, over the Kingston Bridge.
The Kingston Bridge opened in 1969 and the ten-lanes (five in each direction) have made it Europe's busiest road bridge, with 180,000 vehicles a day using it.
During repairs in 1999/2000, the 52,000 tonne bridge was raised 10 millimetres and moved 190 millimetres to the south so that new support piling could be inserted. The repair to the bridge cost over £31 million, three times the original cost of the structure.
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