Amey has completed the temporary repairs on the Forth Road Bridge, meaning it will open to all vehicles except HGVs from 6am tomorrow morning.
The installation of a steel splint to repair the cracked member is complete and detailed load testing has been carried out. Splints continue to be installed at other truss end links as a precautionary measure, although Amey said this and any further inspections can be safely carried out with the bridge open.
Although the bridge will be open to 90% of the traffic that normally uses it, there is concern that HGVs could cause stress to the truss end link. Therefore they won’t be allowed on the bridge until the permanent repair is in place – probably in mid-February.
Amey’s account director responsible for the bridge Mark Arndt said: “Better than expected weather conditions and round the clock work by our teams allowed us to progress with the detailed inspection, scaffolding construction and actual repairs quicker than originally anticipated. While we are pleased to have finished ahead of schedule for non HGV traffic to use the bridge, we are very aware of the on-going inconvenience for HGVs not having access. Public safety has been at the heart of everything we’ve been doing and work will be progressing over the coming weeks on the additional strengthening works required to enable HGVs to start safely using the bridge.”
The opening is ahead of the scheduled date of January 4.