River Tone Structures

M5 Motorway Bridge

Bridge Name:   M5 Motorway Bridge
No.:   75
Location:   Taunton
Build Date:   1973 – 1975
Engineer:   Arthur Monk Ltd
Three spans carrying the M5 motorway over the river. The bridge consists of two separate in-situ post-tensioned concrete box structures (one for each carriageway) with a curved soffit. The abutments are concrete cantilevers built on in-situ concrete piles.

Strengthened in 2001 to provide full capacity for 40 tonne lorries.

References:   Bridges along the River Tone by prepared by South West Regional members David Greenfield, Paul Nation, David Peake, Peter Radford and Paul Tucker.