Bridge provides Dundee with better waterside access
Spanning the east coast railway line west of Dundee railway station, the bridge was slotted exactly into place with just millimeters of leeway at either end during an overnight rail possession period.
Main contractor Morgan Sindall designed the arched bridge, while the steelwork was fabricated, supplied and erected by S H Structures.
Brought to site in sections, the 70t bridge was assembled on-site over a period of eight weeks. Prior to installation the anti-slip deck finish was applied and the glazed balustrade system installed which ensured that no further work would need to be carried out above the rail tracks.
Using a Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom mobile crane, the bridge installation took two hours despite difficult weather conditions.
“Typically for structures crossing live railway lines one of the main challenges is working within a limited possession period, making meticulous planning and attention to detail essential to ensure the lift goes ahead on time and as efficiently as possible,” said S H Structures Sales & Marketing Manager Tim Burton.
“Our preparation meant the lift went ahead according to plan with only strong winds and rain making the exercise a little more challenging.”
Due to be operational in May, the bridge will give pedestrian, disabled and cycle access to the River Tay waterfront from the north of the town helping visitors avoid a 1.5km detour around the rail line.
The bridge also aligns with the recently constructed steps at Seabraes allowing for direct connection through the Seabraes development sites to the University of Dundee campus.
Footpath and cycleway facilities also permit connections to Dundee city centre and the popular west end residential district.
Convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee Will Dawson said: “The stunning design and strategic location of the new bridge will make it a landmark in the city in no time.”