One year on from the fractured steelwork that closed the Forth Road Bridge for three weeks, the completion date for repairs has been set for March 2017.
This time last year Amey engineers were working all hours through terrible weather to design, fabricate and install temporary brackets and cables which would allow the bridge to reopen to most traffic, and then reopen to HGVs in February.
The work on site is now expected to be finished by March 2017, with replacements for the other seven truss end links starting in June 2017.
“The team did a great job to get the bridge reopened to traffic last winter, but we’ve kept the momentum going to implement a permanent solution. Thanks to the work already carried out, this next phase of works will not cause significant disruption to traffic, however we’ll continue to keep the public updated on progress,” said Amey’s account director for the Forth Bridges Unit Mark Arndt.
“We now have better data than ever before on the stresses in the bridge thanks to the structural health monitoring systems that have been installed. This, combined with the ongoing proactive investigation and analysis carried out by our engineering team, will be invaluable as we replace the truss end links and apply lessons learnt to other areas of the bridge.”