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Forth Road Bridge to reopen fully after 80 days of restrictions

Forth bridge lorries

The Forth Road Bridge is to fully reopen this weekend when repairs are completed almost 12 weeks after defective steelwork was found on the major crossing near Edinburgh.

Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay said heavy goods vehicles would be able to use the bridge freely from 11pm on Saturday 20 February.

The bridge has been subject to various closures and restrictions since a defect was found to a steel component beneath the southbound carriageway on 1 December.

A first phase of repairs took place before Christmas, involving steel splints being welded onto the truss end links.

Bridge operator Amey has since been working on a second phase of works to allow lorries to use the bridge. Such vehicles have been allowed to use the bridge under controlled conditions during night time hours.

Mackay said today: “It is great see the Forth Road Bridge fully reopening this weekend. The immediate repair work is in the final stage and no further structural defects have been identified during painstaking investigations by engineers.”

He added: “Tribute should be paid to the engineering team that has been relentless in its commitment to getting this structure reopened. The team has worked tirelessly throughout despite very challenging weather conditions, employing innovative approaches to the repairs and putting in place very effective solutions to complex problems.”



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