Bridge to Reopen to Cars Only at 15:
Published on 1 Dec 2010
The Forth Road Bridge will reopen to cars only at 15:00 today after being closed by snow for the first time in living memory.
Only one lane in each direction will be open. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and expect delays.
The bridge had closed in blizzard conditions at 06:30 this morning, after a jack-knifed lorry had earlier blocked both lanes northbound, allowing heavy snow to accumulate.
FRB staff then worked continuously to clear the carriageway. Additional heavy snow clearing equipment was drafted in from Fife and City of Edinburgh Councils to help clear hard packed snow on the bridge.
Chris Tracey, Engineering Services Manager, said: “The team has been working flat out to clear what have been unprecedented levels of snowfall on the bridge. Nobody working here can remember such an accumulation of snow on the structure before.
"Our own snow-clearing equipment has coped with everything nature has thrown at the bridge over the past few decades, but today’s conditions meant we had to call in extra help.
"The rest of the road network is still badly affected, so our advice to motorists remains to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary."
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