Read it on Today on Bing, here's the whole paragraph:

The Pont Fawr is itself the stuff of history: Built in the 1630s, it's often called the 'Inigo Jones bridge' after the pioneering early modern architect who, legend has it, designed the triple-arch span that today carries motor traffic. A one-way bottleneck along an otherwise two-way main road, the bridge's humped shape tends to obscure oncoming cars, earning it yet another local nickname: Pont y Rhegi (Bridge of Swearing).

I don't get this part, " A one-way bottleneck along an otherwise two-way main road", what does the 'otherwise' mean? Does it mean the bridge has 2 roads, one is a one-way bottle neck, the other is a two-way main road?

Need your help! Thanks!!! I'm not a native English speaker.

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"Otherwise" is used as an adverb to show that a subject is something in all respects except for the detail stated.

For example:

"She was an otherwise totally black cat with a single white patch".

Your text refers to a road that allows two-way traffic everywhere except the bridge, which is evidently so narrow it only allows one line of traffic over at a time. This causes a "bottleneck", which is where multiple lanes of traffic have to either merge or give way to one another because the road narrows.

"Along" is used to indicate that something occurs at some point either in the passage of time, on a journey, or on some other elongated place you might traverse such as a corridor, or in this case, a road. It means that the bridge occurs at some point on the road.

There are many such bridges on roads in England - here is one on Google Maps. You will see that there is a white line dividing the road into two-way traffic lanes, but these disappear for the bridge and resume on the other side. There is only room for one car on the bridge at a time and this does cause a bottleneck. It is courteous and generally a wise practice to use your car horn as you approach such a bridge as you can't see what may be approaching on the other side.

  • Thanks! But I can't figure out what is meant by 'along' in this sentence, it doesn't seem to mean 'moving in a constant direction on a path or any more or less horizontal surface', which is its meaning in dictionary
    – Lola
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 11:24
  • @lola I'll add that in.
    – Astralbee
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 11:44
  • Thank you! It helps a lot!
    – Lola
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 12:44

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