The Queensferry Crossing, a road bridge in Scotland, UK, has been finally opened to traffic after long delays.
The 2.7km three-tower, cable-stayed bridge has been constructed with an investment of £1.35bn. The bridge is suspended by 23,000 miles of cables over the Firth of Forth. It is around 210m (689ft) high, and is claimed to be the Britain’s tallest bridge.
The project, which was completed £245m under its spending budget, has been built by joint venture comprising Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Galliford Try.
The construction of the road cantilever bridge, which started in September 2011, has provided employment to more than 15,000 people on the construction site since 2011, clocking up over 18 million hours of work in the process.
Scottish firms have been awarded sub-contracts or supply orders on the project with a total value of over £350m.
Transport Scotland project director said: “It’s been a real roller coaster of emotions but the over-riding emotion at the moment is one of pride. Until you’ve actually been out on the bridge during severe winds it’s hard to appreciate the task at hand of delivering such a complex project.
“Experts from across the globe have marvelled at this achievement and so it’s nice to think there will be some recognition at home for the workforce this week too.”