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Historic Queenferry Crossing Project

Leiths, Markon 

Working directly for the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors JV, Markon were awarded the £350k contract to install road markings, road studs and coloured, textured surfacing across the 10km of newly constructed motorway, as well as the surrounding roads, together with the structure itself.

Beginning in 2012, with the construction of the JV head office at Rosyth and then moving on to the A904/Queensferry Gyratory to the south of the bridge, work has been ongoing to construct, not only the bridge, but the network of roads carrying traffic from Edinburgh and Fife to the bridge.

Aswell as the permanent markings, there have been many temporary schemes involving complex traffic switches to allow construction work on the network to continue, whilst maintaining two lanes of traffic in each direction throughout the project.

Of course, there was a final push in the weeks leading up to the eventual opening of the bridge on 30 August, followed by temporary schemes to then close the bridge to allow various celebrations and ceremonies to take place, and then re-open it overnight on 6/7 September.

All went well and work will continue until the end of October 2017 to complete the Public Transport Links which will eventually carry buses and taxis across the Forth Road Bridge.

The facts:

The Queenferry Crossing is the tallest bridge and an engineering triumph.

It is the third bridge over the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh.

It is the longest freestanding balance cantilever in the World.

The 10 year project involved:

35,000 tonnes of steel

150,000 tonnes of concrete

Workmen from 24 different countries

The towers are a terrifying 210m high

Strands of steel cable hung from the towers suspend the road below

There’s more than 23,000 miles of cable – almost enough to stretch round the equator