Vision of the future

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PLANS to bridge the Forth at Queensferry for a third time are well underway.

The building of the Forth Replacement Crossing project is already 11 months or 15 per cent into its six year programme.

Last week, the Forth Crossing Bridge Contractors (FCBC) met with the media, including the Journal and Gazette, to give a progress report on the project.

David Climie, Transport Scotland’s project director gave a brief outline of key dates for the project, these include: Summer 2012, the completion of roadworks on the M90 on Fife; last quarter 2012, completion of the Contact and Education Centre in Queensferry; and late 2012, the M9 Junction 1a will open.

Carlo Germani, FCBC project director, said work on the actual cable-stayed bridge will also be undertaken this year with the first caisson being put into place on Beamer Rock in May. The caissons, 30 metres in diameter, will house the foundations for the three towers which will support the bridge. He added the towers will be constructed by late 2014 and the deck erection completed by late 2015.

Jim Armour, of Graham Construction, which has been appointed to carry out roadworks on the M90 in Fife, added that there will be a number of road closures and lane restrictions between April 9 and May 19 to allow the erection of 18 overhead gantries, resurfacing work, and the creation of a dedicated bus lane.

In Queensferry, temporary traffic lights will be installed on Society Road for two weeks in April to allow for site clearance and the installation of services. While this summer, temporary lights will be in place for three weeks on Builyeon Road to allow for a new diversionary road to be built close to the FCBC works compound at Echline.