Forth Crossing construction passes half way stage
Transport for Scotland has announced that construction of £790M Forth Replacement Crossing has passed the half way point as all three towers are now higher than the level of the yet to be erected bridge deck.
A major part of the scheme is the construction of the southern and northern approach viaducts, work that is being undertaken by Cleveland Bridge.
The 545m-long southern viaduct is nearing completion and erection of the 220m-long northern structure is due to begin later this month (September).
Steelwork for the southern viaduct consists of 12 single open top deck sections measuring 30m wide × 4m high and around 12m long as well as a further eight open top trapezoidal box girders 8m wide × 4m high and up to 25m long.
All of the steelwork is being fabricated at Cleveland Bridge’s Darlington facility into sub-assemblies that are delivered to site and welded together to form deck sections.
The decks are being slid into position using an incremental launching procedure.