Traffic re-routed through Queensferry roadworks

The new Queensferry Crossing
The new Queensferry Crossing
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Traffic on the busy A904 was this week re-aligned to coincide with the continued construction of the new Forth Crossing.

Traffic heading eastbound towards Queensferry was diverted onto the new Queensferry Junction on Wednesday with traffic from Builyeon Road also using the new roundabout.

The former junction at Echline Corner has been closed off and motorists looking to travel into Queens-ferry or Hopetoun House from the A904 will have to look out for a new slip road, west of the new roundabout, which links to the existing A904.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We expect the Queensferry junction to open to traffic as part of the next phase of work in the area.

“This will see two-way traffic use the south bridge of the new junction to allow travel along the A904 through the construction works.”

The next phase of the work will see the junction of the B924 Bo’ness Road and A904 Builyeon Road, known locally as Echline Corner, temporarily closed for reconstruction.

The spokesman added: “Traffic travelling on the B924 will use the old section of the A904 for access to the main A904 as a temporary diversion.

“Pedestrians will continue to use existing routes along the old sections of the A904 and B924 road until the new A904 gyratory is complete.”

The aim is for work on that to be completed by the end of 2014.

At the other eastern perimeter of Queensferry, on the B800 Queensferry/Kirkliston Road, work continues to create dedicated bus lanes and build a new Scotstoun flyover.

Temporary traffic lights are in place throughout the day with work sited between the entrance to Dundas Castle and Ferrymuir roundabout.Elsewhere on the project, work continues on the bridge’s three towers.

All three are now at, or above, the level of the bridge deck.

Temporary supports and the first bridge deck sections are now being fitted to the centre and north towers, while work on all three will continue until they reach their full 210 metre height by next summer.

The southern approach road deck is clearly visible over the Forth next to Port Edgar. And as each v-shaped support pier is erected the viaduct is launched further out from the shoreline across the piers.

By the end of 2014, assembly equipment will be moved from the south approach viaduct area over to the Fife side of the Forth to start assembly of the shorter north approach viaduct steelwork.