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BRIDGE. A building constructed over a river, creek, or other stream, or ditch or other place, in order to facilitate the passage over the same. 3 Harr. 108.
     2. Bridges are of several kinds, public and private. Public bridges may be divided into, 1st. Those which belong to the public; as state, county, or township bridges, over which all the people have a right to pass, with or without paying toll these are built by public authority at the public expense, either of the state itself, or a district or part of the state.
     3. - 2d. Those which have been built by companies, or at the expense of private individuals, and over Which all the people have a right to pass, on the payment of a toll fixed by law. 3d. Those which have been built by private individuals and which have been dedicated to public uses. 2 East, R. 356; 5 Burr. R. 2594; 2 Bl. R. 685 1 Camp. R. 262, n.; 2 M. & S. 262.
     4. A private bridge is one erected for the use of one or more private persons; such a bridge will not be considered a public bridge, although it may be occasionally used by the public. 12 East, R. 203-4. Vide 7 Pick. R. 844; 11 Pet. R. 539; 7 N. H. Rcp. 59; 1 Pick. R. 432; 4 John. Ch. R. 150.

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The Norham Road bridge, which stood over the A1058 Coast Road in North Shields, was more than 50 years old and needed to be replaced.
Just one example is the Upper Holloway Bridge over a busy railway line in Islington where replacement of the main road bridge structure was planned to take place over a four-day closure of the railway.
The new Norham Road bridge will have four lanes and traffic lights on the slip roads.
The old Norham Road Bridge was demolished in July as part of North Tyneside Council's PS7.
The existing footbridge next to the Mardy Road Bridge will remain open while work is carried out.
Bill Kelly, chief operating officer for Network Rail in Wales, said: "We're reconstructing Mardy Road Bridge as part of our railway upgrade plan to prepare the railway for trains running on electricity.
Traffic Scotland operator manager Stein Connelly said: "The transfer of public scheduled buses on to the Forth Road Bridge marks the next stage of the Queensferry Crossing project.
The carriageway and footpath running over Island Road Bridge, at the junction of Harrington Road, will remain closed until November, as agreed with Liverpool City Council, with a diversion route in place.
While Cubitt's railway bridge eventually fell into disuse, his road bridge still stands as a striking example of late Victorian design.
Supercars in convoy on the Forth Road Bridge and, top inset, at Knockhill Picture: Iain Struthers
Client: Canal and River Trust Partners: Arcadis, Kier Award Category: Team Achievement ELLAND Road Bridge is a single-span bridge located in Elland, Halifax.
A NEW road bridge in Gwynedd is set to open for vehicles next month.