Visible sign of new bridge progress

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ANOTHER milestone in the creation of the new Forth Crossing was reached last week with the with the completion of the bridge’s central tower foundations.

The Forth Crossing constructers blasted Beamer Rock to below water level to build a water-free area known as a coffer dam. After months of underwater work, almost 3000 cubic metres of water was removed from the coffer dam last week.

FCBC’s marine foundations team formally handed over to the tower team, ready for work to begin on the superstructure itself.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This is a significant milestone as it signifies the completion of one vital element in the foundations and the beginning of work above water.

“It’s been a big week for the project and the wintry weather was probably a fitting way for the marine foundations team to leave Beamer Rock given the challenging climate they have had to work in for the past 16 months.

“I’m pleased the handover was very much on schedule and the project continues to progress on time and on budget.”

Carlo Germani, project director for FCBC, said: “Dewatering the central tower coffer dam is a major milestone for this project.

“Creating this water-free environment will allow us to push on with the structural concrete foundation followed by the central tower itself.”