Engineers working on the Queensferry Crossing have lifted the remaining deck section between the north and centre tower deck spans, as shown in a new video.
The footage shows the deck being lifted into place, where it completes the structure where it crosses all the way from Fife to the southern tip of the south deck fan.
Following the lift, the two sections of deck appear misaligned. The next stage of work involves using ballast and adjusting cables to ensure the height is aligned and ready for the final closure of the two sections.
With 105 of 110 deck units having now been lifted, there is just 52m to go until the new bridge deck is complete. The structure is projected to open in May 2017.
“Connecting all three of the Queensferry Crossing towers, from Fife right over to the south deck fan is another example of the good progress being made on the project,” said economy secretary Keith Brown.
“This is truly world class engineering taking place to bridge the Firth of Forth for the third time in consecutive centuries. Successfully building the new bridge and the road network requires careful planning and delivery of over 10,000 operations. The workforce continue to do an excellent job in often very tough conditions.”
Contractor Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) is delivering the project, which is estimated to cost up to £1.35bn.
Each deck unit is made primarily from steel with a reinforced concrete slab added to the top, and weighs approximately 750t. When finished, the bridge will be 2.7km long and 40m wide.
The project milestone comes after New Civil Engineer reported on the scheme last week.