27 Jan 15
Queensferry Crossing towers reach half way
All three towers for the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland have now passed half of their final 210m height.
In addition, 10% of the total bridge deck is now in place for the new bridge over the Firth of Forth.
Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown visited the north tower today to view the latest progress. “I feel lucky to get such a close look at the tower and deck construction and it’s here that the true size of this structure and the sheer scale of the operation under way to construct the Queensferry Crossing hit home,” he said.
“There are now over 1,000 people working on the project in what is a 24 hour operation out on the water. Visiting in the middle of winter reminds us only too well of the harsh and challenging conditions those building the bridge will continue to face before the bridge opens in late 2016.”
He added that work is now under way to construct the north approach viaduct, where the final bridge will land on the Fife side. Assembly of the southern viaduct deck was completed last year and it will be launched into its final position this year.
“With all of this work under way on a number of fronts I am very pleased to say that the project continues on schedule and under budget,” he added.