Final Queensferry Crossing deck to be placed

The final section of deck on the Queensferry Crossing is to be lifted into place.

It is the last of the bridge’s 122 deck sections to be placed since this phase of construction began in October 2014.

The next phase will focus on completing the concrete deck of the south approach viaduct and making the full and final closure of the bridge deck from end to end.

Each deck section weighs approximately 750 tonnes with a width of around 40 metres and while each section typically measures 16 metres in length, the final unit is 12.1 metres.

Economy secretary Keith Brown commented, “The public have been fascinated by the spectacular progress on the Queensferry Crossing. While there is a lot of work left before opening to traffic in May, completing the deck represents a true landmark moment that we’ve all been looking forward to.

“It’s the moment Fife and Edinburgh are connected by a third, stunning structure across the wide waters of the Forth. It’s a privilege to be here to see it.

“Every time I visit the bridge I’m struck by the expertise and endeavour of the workforce. Today is a hugely important milestone, one everyone involved should be very proud of. I’m sure I speak for many of us when I thank them all for their continued hard work and this fantastic progress.”

Michael Martin, project director for Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), added, “This final deck lift is the culmination of a world class team effort stretching all the way back to the very first day of construction in 2011.

“The final ‘closure’ is always one of the most significant milestones in any bridge construction programme. On a bridge of this magnificent scale, well, it’s more than a bit special. It is a real pleasure to pay tribute to the skill and dedication of everybody involved and to congratulate them on an outstanding achievement.

“We are now focused on completing the huge range of finishing works and bringing the Project to a successful conclusion.”

The Queensferry Crossing is due to open in May of this year.