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Clyde bridge improvements start today

A 45 week improvement of Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde started today.
The £2.1M project will see contractor C Spencer replace gantry beams on the west side of the bridge for the first time since its construction in 1971.Gantry beam replacement on the east side of the bridge is scheduled to get underway in January 2008.Funded by Transport Scotland, the project is part of a rolling maintenance and refurbishment programme for the bridge that will invest £15M from now until 2011.The bridge links Erskine in Renfrewshire with Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire, carrying the A898 from the M8 to the A82.Transport Scotland major bridges manager Billy Minto said: 'We are committed to maintaining the Erskine Bridge to the highest standard and this significant contract forms part of this. We welcome the gantry beam replacement getting underway.'

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