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Tour Inside The London Bridge

Tour Inside The London Bridge
RSM Team / 03 Apr 2015 / 5 Comments » Comments

Ever wonder what it is like inside the London Bridge?

Is it hollow or filled with concrete?

Are bats and other creatures living inside the Bridge?

Is it haunted?

The Bridge is hollow. There is a series of passageways and chambers that follow from one end of the Bridge to the other and some of these passageways and chambers are in need of maintenance to ensure city workers’ safety.

There are bats and other small living creatures inside of the Bridge. Bats have been known to live inside of the bridge and the RiverScene team had a few fly past their heads during their tour.

“The bats fly past our ears all the time, they are more scared of us than we are them,” said Rich Wells.

Workers began work in January,2015 to give a minor facelift to the inside of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City.

One of the badly needed repairs was installation of a second access door into the Bridge. Up until 2015, only one door leading in and out of the Bridge is located on the Island side near Javalina Cantina.

The London Bridge is hollow on the inside, and gas and water lines from the mainland to the Island travel through that space. This second door will provide easier access on the mainland side of the Bridge for city workers.

A new cement slope was installed inside of the London Bridge during the maintence process. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

A new cement slope was installed inside of the London Bridge during the maintence process. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Above the water’s surface, the Bridge sits on bearings. This allows the bridge to “float” and move in case of any shift in ground movement. These bearings were cleaned and dirt was cleared away.

Handrails were installed along slopes inside the bridge, ladders were installed for easier access into lower chambers and retaining walls were built to help keep dirt from falling into the bearings. An abutment slope on the outside of the London Bridge is also being secured and stabilized.

*Editor’s Note: The maintenance work on the London Bridge finished in May,2015.

As for the last question? There are some spooky haunting stories that have been told by residents and others. Tell RSM if you think those stories are true or let us know if you have ever seen any apparitions on or around the London Bridge.

A new maintenance cement slope was installed inside of the London Bridge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Water, gas, and electrical lines run into the island side of the London Bridge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Water, gas, and electrical lines run throughout the Bridge from one end of the Bridge to another. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

An opening with light inside of the London Bridge is actually a small gap that looks down to the water below. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Light switches on the wall inside of the London Bridge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The white pipe is part of a pumping system to pump out water when parts of the Bridge Chambers get filled with water during rain storms. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

A bat is hanging onto the wall within the London Bridge. Bats frequently hide inside the Bridge, but the construction workers leave them alone and work around them. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The electrical boxes that also hold the Christmas light switches on the Bridge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The island side of inside the London Bridge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

5 Comments » Comments:

5 Responses to “Tour Inside The London Bridge”

  1. Rose says:

    Love the bridge! Thanks for the storyline

  2. Jimmy Hammonds says:

    I would love to see it. Although I never will. I will be 72 in May this year. Imagine, London Bridge In America! Now that Is something!

    Thank you for putting it on the Internet

  3. Jimmy Hammonds says:

    I would love to see it. Although I never will. I will be 72 in May this year. Imagine, London Bridge In America! Now that Is something! Thank you for putting it on the Internet

  4. Rhonda says:

    Can the public tour the inside of the bridge?

  5. Richard Jackson says:

    Thank you for the tour there is so much history in Lake Havasu although it’s a very young city

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