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Completion of the Falkirk Wheel boatlift is expected to provide the final piece in the Millennium Link canal restoration project towards the end of 2001. Coast to coast navigation using the Forth & Clyde canal should be possible by Easter next year and the Union canal will be fully navigable by August 2001. By this time construction or restoration of 27 fixed and seven opening bridges will have been completed and 4.4km of new channel excavated. This includes 700m of cut into a tributary of the river Carron currently being carried out by Balfour Beatty to allow the Forth & Clyde north of Grangemouth to connect with the Firth of Forth.

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