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Queensferry Crossing hits new heights

The new bridge should be completed in 2016. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The new bridge should be completed in 2016. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The Queensferry Crossing reached another significant construction milestone this week when all three towers reached bridge deck level.

Transport Minister Keith Brown visited the bridge site to praise engineers’ efforts so far as they showed him progress from high up on the north abutment.

He said: “The progress being made by the men and women building the new bridge is truly impressive.

“All three of the towers are now at or past the level of the bridge deck.

“Initial temporary supports and first bridge deck sections are due to be fitted to the centre tower’s complex and reinforced ‘power joint’ in the autumn, while work will continue on all three towers to reach their full 210 metre height.”

Recent construction at the deck level of the central tower, known as the “power joint”, is the most complex of all. It is where the bridge deck will be fixed securely.

Later this year, assembly equipment will be moved over from the South Approach Viaduct area to the north to start assembly of the shorter North Approach viaduct steelwork.

 

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