Road Bridge’s Saltire Award

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A key repair job on the Forth Road Bridge won the “greatest contribution to Scotland” award in the annual Saltire Awards for Civil Engineering,

The accolade follows what was described as a remarkable engineering achievement carried out during adverse weather conditions.

It meant a repair which could have spelled a much longer delay to traffic was put right in less than a month.

Fractured steel work in a “truss end link” of the bridge led to its closure to all traffic on December 3 last year, but was able to reopen to all vehicles except HGVs December 23.

Because the construction team were able to repair the bridge “ahead of schedule and under extreme media, political and public scrutiny” the lives of tens of thousands of commuters and travellers – who were forced onto heavily crowded trains– relief buses and alternative roads, were back to normal after 20 days.