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New crossing ready to rise from river

One of the piers for the Queensferry Crossing

One of the piers for the Queensferry Crossing

A busy year ahead is planned as work on the construction of the Queensferry crossing project takes shape.

A busy year ahead is planned as work on the construction of the Queensferry crossing project takes shape.

The majority of construction work to date has focussed on the creation of approach roads at Kirkliston and in Fife and laying the foundations for the bridge’s towers.

But within months, the bridge’s three towers will start to rise from the Forth and its southern approach viaduct will push out from land at Springfield in Queensferry over the Forth.

Motorists using the busy A904 will also see changes from June as the road is realigned at Echline Corner and instead will pass over one of the newly installed bridges which will form part of the Queensferry Gyratory.

On the Forth, the bridge’s central tower already sits 25 metres above sea level and will increase in four metre sections throughout Spring. The south and north towers will also appear within weeks.

The first of the bridge’s road decks, which are being constructed in China, will arrive at Rosyth from June onwards and will be erected onto the towers in the autumn.

The southern approach viaduct was launched last month with huge steel carriageways being slid out towards the Forth. The first of the carriageway sections took 10 hours to move just 70 metres.

The next section will be manouevred on to a pier close to Inchgarvie House and a further pier at Society Road within months. The new road carriageway will then be pushed out further every two months.

East of Queensferry, work also continues to create dedicated bus lanes from the B800 onto and off the A90.

Work is underway to create a new bridge over the A90 next to the Scotstoun flyover. This becomes operational in early 2015.

David Climie, project director for Transport Scotland said: ‘‘Activity is forging ahead on all fronts. The team is focused on making 2014 the busiest yet as we stay on target to open the bridge to traffic by the end of 2016.’’

 

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