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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:56cat

London’s Tower Bridge Glass Walkway Opens

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London’s Tower Bridge has just joined the Grand Canyon, Willis Tower, and the Eifel Tower by opening a glass walkway 120 feet above the bridge deck. The walkway is the first of two walkways to open over the bridge that will allow visitors to experience vertigo inducing views of the Thames River. The other walkway, over the east side of the bridge, will be opened on December 1.

The glass walkway cost a little over one million pounds to design and build. It is the first modification to the Tower Bridge since the 1980’s. The floor is made of six glass panels, each six feet long and weighing 1,200 pounds. The glass panels and rest of the walkway structure are supported by cross braces running beneath the walkway.  As a result, unlike the Willis Tower Skydeck, visitors will not have a clear view of the bridge deck below them. The glass walkway, however, is affordable and it will cost visitors only $15 to walk across. If one is lucky enough to be on the walkway when the bridge is being raised then they’ll get more than money’s worth seeing the Tower Bridge’s most famous feature from a unique viewpoint. Check out the video embedded below to see more of the walkway. 

Sources: Daily Mail

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