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Weekend Roadworks Confirmed

Published on 16 Mar 2012

Emergency repairs on the Forth Road Bridge will go ahead this weekend, it was confirmed today.

On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction from 03:00 until 12:00 noon. Delays of over 90 minutes are expected in both directions.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the bridge using the west footpath/cycleway.

Barry Colford, Chief Engineer & Bridgemaster, said: “These emergency repairs are essential – if we don’t get them completed at the earliest opportunity then we could face far more disruptive and costly repairs at a future date.

“If the weather forecast is accurate then work will proceed as planned, however there is always the possibility of strong winds disrupting progress when you’re working on the main cable 80 metres above the carriageway.

“If work is delayed for any reason then traffic restrictions will be extended into the afternoon, or as a last resort into the next available weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Any extension of traffic restrictions will be communicated via radio stations and on the Forth Road Bridge website, Twitter and Facebook.

“We’ll do everything we can to minimise disruption but appreciate that significant delays are inevitable. We’re sorry for the inconvenience it will cause.

“Our advice is to avoid using the bridge at these times, find an alternative route or take the train.”

Weekend traffic restrictions will also be required on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, and on two further weekends after Easter on dates to be confirmed.

The Bridge:

Facts & Figures

Opened 1964, 2.5 km long, Main span 1006 metres
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