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However, John Rennie's bridge was not to survive as long as Peter de Colechurch's and plans were afoot in the 1960's to replace the structure by a modern bridge. The old bridge had sunk twelve inches at the southern end even on completion and had continued to sink unevenly by an inch in every eight years thereafter and could no longer cope with the extent of modern traffic. Click to see full size
Click to see full size Over in Arizona, USA, Robert McCulloch learned that the British Government was putting the bridge up for sale. He put in the winning bid for $2,460,000 and plans were drawn up to move and rebuild the bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Each piece was marked with four numbers. The first indicated which span, the second noted which row of stones, and the last two numbers indicated which position in that row. It was discovered, while dismantling the bridge, that there were code numbers on each stone when it was originally built: Rennie must have used the same system when the sections left the quarries. Click to see full size


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