Cleveland Bridge proud to be part of one of Scotland’s largest ever infrastructure projects
Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd (CBUK) has delivered a significant project for Britain’s newest road bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, which has recently been given a royal seal of approval.
The new crossing officially opened by the Queen on the 4th September, will ease congestion from the Forth Road Bridge, which is infamous for its 40mph speed limit and heavy traffic during rush-hour.
The Darlington-based steel company carried out work for the £1.35bn bridge, connecting Edinburgh to Fife, on behalf of Transport Scotland’s main contractor, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, working for the Scottish Government.
From its extensive facility, Cleveland Bridge fabricated two lines of girders, 550m in length, then assembled the pieces running parallel to each other on site, using approximately 5000 ton of British-made steel for the Approach Viaduct South.
The Approach Viaduct North included the fabrication and site assembly of two lines of trapezoidal box girders running parallel to each other, about 80 metres long, weighing 500te.
Although shorter in size, the Approach Viaduct North was a more extensive operation, as it involved shifting the massive steel and reinforced concrete structure, with a total launch weight of 6,300 te, around 230m out towards the North Tower.
Around 50,000 people, including representatives from Cleveland Bridge, were also given the unique opportunity to walk across the bridge, ahead of the official opening from The Queen, 53 years on from the opening of Forth Road Bridge.
At 1.6miles long and 210m high, the bridge is the longest and highest bridge of its kind in Britain. It will carry approximately 65,000 vehicles per day.
Diane Boon, Commercial Director of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd said, “The completion of the Queensferry Crossing marks a landmark improvement of the transport infrastructure in Scotland.
“As well as being a huge engineering project for our client, it was an exceptional challenge for Cleveland Bridge to comply with a complex delivery and execution of approximately 6000 te of British Steel, within a strict timeframe. The project was very successful and we are thrilled to have been a part of it.”