The new Queensferry Crossing is forging ahead with news that the first sections could be in place by this weekend.
As Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon toured the work site on Monday, the massive steel sections of decking were already at the southern end of the bridge.
Built in Darlington by the Cleveland Bridge Company, the 800 tonne sections, which are 100 metres long, will take a full 24 hours to secure in place after first being put together on the banks of the Forth.
Miss Sturgeon said: “When I visited the site last November, I saw the structures being dispatched to enable work to start on the tower foundations. Since then, the world’s largest underwater concrete pour has taken place and the towers are now above water.
“This fantastic progress is being matched on the land. Looking at the sections of deck really shows you how vast the final Queensferry Crossing will be.
“It’s a credit to the hard work of those involved in delivering the project to have made such progress.”
The crossing is due to open in 2016.