Graham Construction has won the £12.9M contract to provide the state-of-the-art Intelligent Transport System in Fife for the iconic new Forth Replacement Crossing.
Graham will deliver the traffic flow management system along the M90 between Junction 1 at Newbridge and Junction 3 at Halbeath. The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) aims to control traffic flow using overhead signal gantries and provides motorists with current travel updates via variable message boards.
Graham Construction operations director Leo Martin said: “This is a terrific project for Graham, allowing us to contribute to the success of the Forth Replacement Crossing project as a whole.
“The Forth Replacement Crossing will be a showpiece new structure for Scotland and an important transport link for hundreds of thousands of road users every year.
“By securing the contract to install ITS along the Fife corridor, Graham will be assisting traffic flow and helping create better journeys for drivers.
“It will also allow Graham Construction to build on the existing relationship with Transport Scotland, following our work as part of the team delivering the M80 Stepps to Haggs Project.”
The ITS contract is to provide and install seventeen gantries, along with foundations and associated maintenance lay-bys. Further work will include landscaping, ducting, cabling and installing carriageway traffic detectors.
Transport Scotland hopes the resulting Intelligent Transport System will improve safety and journey times as well as aiding with incident management.
ITS technology should also eliminate the need for projects to widen existing roads, representing long-term savings to the public purse.
Transport and housing minister Keith Brown said: “ITS is an integral part of the Forth Replacement Crossing scheme.
“This important traffic management system will assist with traffic congestion, providing road users with traffic, lane and mandatory speed control information, improving road safety and helping improve journey time reliability across the Forth.”
Graham Construction will start work in the summer. The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by 2016.