Bow-string Arch Design
The bridge is a bow-string arch design, 650 ft (200 m) long and forms part of the city’s Southern Distributor Road (SDR). On completion of the SDR, the A48 road was diverted over the new bridge, making it the preferred route for through traffic.
In 2005 the bridge was recognised by The Structural Steel Design Awards. The judges said of the bridge:
“The Usk crossing symbolises the best in British bridge engineering. It combines an elegant design, high quality fabrication and innovative construction. Newport has gained not only another much-needed river crossing, but has gained an elegant steel structure in the process.”