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QUEENSFERRY CROSSING NEARING COMPLETION



A key bridge that connects Lothian and Fife is nearing completion after feeling the full effects of Scotland's fickle weather conditions.

A key bridge that connects Lothian and Fife is nearing completion after feeling the full effects of Scotland’s fickle weather conditions.

Standing at 683ft, the Queensferry Crossing is set for completion by August after a spate of poor weather hammered Scotland’s road networks.

35,000 tonnes of steel and over 13 million man hours have been pumped into the bridge over a six-year period.

The epic £1.35bn Crossing is set to benefit those across Scotland, replacing the Forth Road Bridge as the main road route between Edinburgh and Fife, reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times.

Heavily shielded from windy conditions, the Crossing almost entirely eliminates the need for closures during high winds in the Forth estuary.

Contractors are citing this very reason for the delay of the bridge, which will run alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge which was opened in 1964.

Once the new Crossing is open, the bridge will be solely for public transport use, cycling and walking.

Statistics from Transport Scotland have shown that gusts of up to 127 miles per hour were clocked during the building period of the Queensferry Crossing, between September 2012 and May 2016.

The 1.7 mile-long bridge is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, with its design providing extra strength and stiffness.

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