Construction on the final section of the £1.3bn Queensferry Crossing deck across the Firth of Forth, in Scotland, has been completed.
Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), a joint venture of Galliford Try, Hochtief, Dragados, and American Bridge of Pittsburgh, made the final lifting operation for the deck last Friday.
The 2.7km link between Fife and Edinburgh has 122 deck sections. Each section weighs about 750t, and have a width of 40m and a length of 16m.
FCBC project director Michael Martin said: “This final deck lift is the culmination of a world class team effort stretching all the way back to the very first day of construction in 2011.
“The final ‘closure’ is always one of the most significant milestones in any bridge construction programme. On a bridge of this magnificent scale, well, it’s more than a bit special. It is a real pleasure to pay tribute to the skill and dedication of everybody involved and to congratulate them on an outstanding achievement.
With the completion of this phase of work, FCBC will now focus in the completion of the concrete deck of the south approach viaduct and in making the full and final closure of the bridge deck end to end.
The Queensferry Crossing, to be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, is expected to open in May 2017.