ICE president Paul Jowitt visited Scotland’s multi-million pound showcase road project last week.
The five mile M74 Completion Project through Glasgow, due to be finished in autumn 2011, is set to bring a wide range of environmental and economic benefits to the area, including job creation, better transport links across the west of Scotland, reduced congestion and fewer road accidents.
The Port Eglinton Viaduct, the largest bridge being constructed as part of project, spans surface streets and three railways at the west end of the project. Its longest span reaches 136m over the West Coast Main Line, Eglinton Street and Devon Street, and this 3,200t section will be pulled into place in two stages by use of a strand jacking system.
“The project is a great example of a successful working partnership and building good relations with the local community.”
The site visit was part of the president’s wider tour of Scotland. He was accompanied by ICE director general Tom Foulkes, ICE Glasgow & West of Scotland chairman David Anderson and Derek Chambers of Interlink M74JV, one arm of the partnership involved in delivering the project.
The visit fitted in well with Jowitt’s sustainability theme for his presidency, a concept adopted in the construction of the M74 Completion Project.
Victorian- era industrial waste has been treated for safe incorporation into the works along with locally generated demolition material, which would otherwise have been sent to landfill . As well , over 80% of all construction generated waste on site has been successfully recycled.
“The team have cleaned up a semi-derelict patch and opened up a wealth of opportunity.”
Jowitt said: “I was very impressed by this project. It is a great example of a successful working partnership, building good relations with the local community and also sustainability in construction.
“Not only are the team using local demolition material and recycling the majority of the waste generated by the project itself, but they have taken a semi-derelict patch of Glasgow, cleaned it up and opened up a wealth of opportunities for urban regeneration.”