Quarter of bridge deck complete at Queensferry Crossing
The operation to lift the 750 tonne deck sections into place began in September and 36 are now installed out of the total of 122, meaning 29.5 per cent of the deck is now in place.
Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown visited the bridge to view the latest position with the construction of the project, costing between £1.35 billion to £1.4bn.
It comes as the nearby Forth Road Bridge remains closed to all traffic due to ongoing repairs to a fault. It is hoped it will reopen by January 4.
Mr Brown said 2015 has been another year of milestones for the construction of the new crossing.
He said: “This has been another strong year of progress on the Forth Replacement Crossing. I’m delighted to report over a quarter of the bridge deck is in place with another 12 months to go before the Queensferry Crossing is open to traffic.
“The spectacular deck fans around each tower – formed by the stay cables which support the new deck sections – are now dominating the view of the Forth and the form of the finished bridge is rapidly taking shape.
“Everywhere you look major milestones are being reached and significant progress being made. To name a few examples, concreting has been completed on the three towers, the south viaduct is complete with the concrete now being poured to complete the deck, final preparations are being made for the imminent launch of the north viaduct and great strides have been taken on the complex new and upgraded road networks to the south and north of the Forth.
“All of this is being achieved despite 2015 being remarkable in terms of adverse weather conditions occurring right throughout the year. I would like to thank all of those involved in building the new bridge for their hard work in getting to where we are now. We are very aware of the tough conditions experienced in the Forth and this year has been exceptional in terms of difficult weather, even during the summer months.
“The current closure of the Forth Road Bridge has brought into sharp focus the need for a new crossing over the Forth. The case for which was identified in Transport Scotland’s Forth Replacement Crossing Study of 2006.
“Responding to that study Ministers announced our intention to build a new cable stayed bridge by 2016. This challenging timescale was identified as necessary at the time due to the potential for future restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge.
“The project team are taking the chance to carry out works on and around the A90 near to the Forth Road Bridge when the closure is in place. This aims to minimise the impact and potential disruption to road users in future months.
“I am pleased to report the project remains on schedule and significantly under budget thanks to the Scottish Government’s diligent project management and the expertise and hard work of our contractors.”