Bell's Bridge, which was built for the Garden Festival and
opened in 1988, links the SECC site to the south bank of the
Clyde. It was originally meant as a temporary structure to take
pedestrians and cyclists to and from the massive event.
It now has renewed importance because of the Commonwealth Games,
as it links the SECC and the new Hydro Arena with the south side of
Both venues will be important during the 2014 sporting spectacle
as they will host boxing, netball, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and
They will also house the international broadcasting centre and
the main press centre.
The bridge, which swings open to allow ships to pass, was owned
by Scottish Enterprise but was taken over by the city council on
condition the organisation funded the £1.6m restoration costs.
Scottish Enterprise will also provide £900,000 for its long-term
It will result in the bridge's canopy, which was removed in
2006, being replaced.
The upgrade will also see the bridge being blast cleaned and
repainted, its hydraulics, electrics and mechanics being overhauled
and new lighting installed.
The bridge will be closed during the renovation work.
The bridge is being overhauled and refurbished.