The Newport Transporter Bridge, A Unique 100-Year-Old Bridge That Moves a Section of Road Across a River

The Newport Transporter Bridge in Newport, Wales is a unique 100-year-old bridge that moves a section of road across a river on cables like a ferry, rather than having one continuous road that spans the river. The transporter bridge design was required to meet several unique conditions present at the crossing where it was built.

The bridge was the subject of a recent episode of Things You Might Not Know in which host Tom Scott visits the bridge and discusses its unique attributes, and why it’s unlikely that a similar bridge would be built today.