A number of key milestones have been reached on the Queensferry Crossing project recently – despite some miserable weather conditions.
The south approach viaduct has been fully launched to its final position, the first cables have been installed on the North Tower, the new B800 bridge over the A90 has been opened and assembly of north approach viaduct is on course for an autumn launch.
Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown visited the site to check out the progress. He said, “It’s great credit to the hard work and dedication of the men and women working on the Queensferry Crossing to see the progress they have made since my last visit. This is despite the challenging conditions they often face, particularly in the middle of the Forth estuary, even during the summer.
“Work is underway on every front across this vast project and workforce numbers are at a peak. Direct employment on this large scale infrastructure project is bringing significant benefits to the to the Scottish economy with over 1,200 people employed on site and 75 per cent having a home address in Scotland.
“Significant opportunities continue to be created for Scottish businesses through the wider supply chain. To date Scottish firms have been awarded subcontracts and supply orders from the project with a total value £246 million out of a total of £549 million. Everywhere you look on the project, north, south and of course out in the Forth itself, there are major operations underway or already complete.
“The project team have done a great job in mitigating the effects of the recent poor weather and it is pleasing to report that the project remains on schedule to be complete by the end of 2016.”