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Following the discovery of corrosion in the cables of the Forth Road Bridge in 2005, work has rapidly progressed to procure and construct a new crossing. The new cable-stayed Queensferry Crossing bridge will have three slender single column towers and will be 2.7km long, including approach viaducts. Over 30,000 tonnes of steel will be used in this project to build the longest three tower Cable-stayed bridge in the world.
The bridge deck will carry two general lanes of traffic in each direction and hard shoulders to ensure that breakdowns, incidents and any maintenance works do not cause the severe congestion which is currently experienced on the Forth Road Bridge.
Opening is scheduled for late 2016 and the talk, by Project Manager Lawrence Shackman of Transport Scotland, will provide background to the project and describe current progress with the construction of the bridge and its connecting roads.
Lawrence Shackman – Project Manager, Transport Scotland