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1) Disruption to traffic on the canal was minimal. Walls of the Matière bridge were craned into position with only limited need for over canal working

1) Disruption to traffic on the canal was minimal. Walls of the Matière bridge were craned into position with only limited need for over canal working

2) The new bridge meets the EU Directive 89/460/EEC for conveying 40 tonne trucks

2) The new bridge meets the EU Directive 89/460/EEC for conveying 40 tonne trucks

3) Sandwell Borough Council considered carefully the practical and aesthetic requirements, including the heritage value of the site

3) Sandwell Borough Council considered carefully the practical and aesthetic requirements, including the heritage value of the site

4) The original canal bridges are flattened arches and so the lower sections of the Matière arches are buried in the earth to give the correct height to span ratio with a navigable height of 4.6 metres

4) The original canal bridges are flattened arches and so the lower sections of the Matière arches are buried in the earth to give the correct height to span ratio with a navigable height of 4.6 metres

5) Detailing in the brickwork has been used to emphasise the curvature of the arch

5) Detailing in the brickwork has been used to emphasise the curvature of the arch

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