Queensferry Crossing photos, New Forth Road Bridge, Scotland cable-stayed design info

Queensferry Crossing

River Crossing in Scotland: three-tower, cable-stayed structure

9 Oct 2017

Queensferry Crossing – New Forth Road Bridge

The new Queensferry Crossing is a 2.7 km long bridge linking Edinburgh and Fife.

It is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span.

Queensferry Crossing
photo : Transport for Scotland

Queensferry Crossing Construction

Saint-Gobain-owned Leca UK has supplied 5500m3 (worth £251K) of its light-weight aggregate Leca® LWA 10-20mmR to be used in the reinforcement of the bridge’s supporting structure on the north side of the A90.

Queensferry Crossing cables
photograph © Ruth Asher

Leca’s work in the area involved supplying the Light Weight Aggregate, which was used to raise part of the existing A90 mainline levels and widening westwards. The traditional solution of direct placing conventional fill materials on the existing A90 and the adjacent ground would have applied additional loads on the soft peat and underlying alluvial materials, resulting in unacceptably large settlements, as well as causing environmental issues.

Leca Lightweight Aggregate’s (LWA) density is around 25% of that of conventional fills, so the team opted for excavating the existing ground to a depth that allowed for replacement and filling up to the new design level. This resulted in a net load of zero being applied to the underlying soft strata, which assured that the post-construction settlement was kept to a minimum and differential settlement issues compensated.

Queensferry Crossing cables New Forth Road Bridge
picture © Ruth Asher

Leca’s LWA brought additional short- and long-term benefits, such as significant time saving in construction duration, which resulted in minimal disruption and delays to existing road users. This came with environmental benefits, as there was reduced congestion and vehicle emissions.

Frazer, a specialist distributor of civils and utility products in the UK, supplied £1m worth of civil engineering products, such as Twinwall pipes and fittings, as well as manhole covers and frames, to be used in new roads giving access to the bridge and the surrounding areas.

Queensferry Crossing aerial photo
photo : Transport for Scotland

Stuart McKill, Sustainable Habitat Leader for Saint-Gobain in Scotland, said: “At Saint-Gobain in Scotland, we’re very honoured to have taken part in such a high-profile project from the Scottish Government, working alongside the team at FCBC, among many others. The new bridge is reshaping the Scottish landscape and we believe it will have a positive impact on the citizens’ lives.”

Queensferry Crossing bridge cabling
photo © Ruth Asher

Leca UK and Frazer are part of Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, a leader in sustainable habitat. For more information about Saint-Gobain in Scotland, visit www.saint-gobain.scot

4 Feb 2017

Queensferry Crossing Final Piece

The last section of the new Queensferry Crossing has been lifted into place, completing the 1.7-mile link across the Forth.

Forth Bridge Replacement

The final segment of the bridge deck was slotted into place by engineers early on Friday afternoon, reports The Scotsman.

The piece was the last of 122 deck sections which connect the Lothians and Fife and its installation means the bridge is now fully joined-up.

Queensferry Crossing Completion – The Scotsman

Queensferry Crossing

At 1.05pm on Friday a cheer went up as the final piece in what is a massive deck-shaped jigsaw puzzle was put into position.

The bridge opened for traffic in Summer 2017.

Queensferry Crossing

4 Dec 2015

Photos of progress on construction on the Queensferry Crossing:

New Forth Road Bridge

New Forth Road Bridge

New Forth Road Bridge

Looking West upriver: Forth Road Bridge with a tower of the Queensferry Crossing beyond:

Forth Road Bridge

New Forth Bridge architects : Dissing + Weitling

New Forth Road Bridge
New Forth Road Bridge: image courtesy of forthbridges.org.uk

Forth Bridge
Forth Road Bridge: image © Adrian Welch

Forth Bridges
Forth Road Bridge + Forth Rail Bridge: image © Adrian Welch

Forth Bridge
Forth Road Bridge: image © A J Welch

Forth Road Bridge Toll Canopy

Forth Road Bridge
image © Adrian Welch

Scottish Parliament Building

Forth Rail Bridge

Queensferry Crossing Final Deck – Courier

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