Bridge Works Complete Ahead of Schedule
Published on 31 Mar 2012
Weekend roadworks on the Forth Road Bridge have been completed well ahead of schedule and traffic restrictions originally planned for 31 March and 1 April have been cancelled.
With no wind overnight, work to remove materials from the east cable progressed smoothly in the early hours of Saturday morning and the technical team worked quickly to complete the work in order to minimise delays.
Barry Colford, Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster, said: “With work taking place at height on the cables, we are at the mercy of the weather. Thankfully, this weekend calm weather allowed us to get up on the cable, get the job done and get off again before 9 am. This avoided the lengthy delays which we were anticipating had the restrictions carried on into mid morning.
“Obviously, we have to plan for the worst case scenario – which in this case could have meant restrictions over two days – in order to give motorists and other bridge users the longest possible notice and the chance to change their plans. We are naturally delighted that it has not come to that and that we have the Bridge fully open again.”
Barring major incidents on the Forth Road Bridge for the rest of the weekend traffic flows should be as normal.
Until further notice the WEST footpath/cycleway is open to the public every Saturday from 00:00 to 00:00. However, it remains closed to the public from Sunday to Friday, with access restricted to Forth Road Bridge personnel and contractors only.
The EAST footpath/cycleway is open to the public throughout the week.
Both footpaths will close in the event of high winds gusting in excess of 50mph.
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