The new road bridge over the river Forth in the UK has been completed
Designed by DISSING+WEITLING architecture, the Queensferry Crossing spanning the river Forth near Edinburgh in the UK has opened to traffic for the first time coming in £245m under its spending budget.
The Queen cut the ribbon to officially open Scotland's "breathtaking" new bridge on 4 September.
Joint venture builders Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Galliford Try have had to battle against harsh weather conditions during the construction process. The bridge was due to be completed by December 2016, but that date was put back to May 2017. The man behind building the £1.35bn bridge, Michael Martin, said the new crossing was "one of the world's great bridges".
The bridge, which was project managed by Arup, in joint venture with Jacobs, is the third crossing of the Forth at Queensferry, alongside the Forth Road Bridge, completed in 1964, and the Forth Bridge, a railway bridge completed in 1890. According to the BBC, the new 1.7 miles (2.7km) publicly-funded crossing is the biggest infrastructure project in Scotland in a generation and will replace the Forth Road Bridge as the main road route between Edinburgh and Fife, carrying 24m vehicles a year.
The existing road bridge, built in 1964 and dogged by maintenance problems, will continued to be used by cycles, pedestrians and eventually buses.
The iconic 19th Century Forth Bridge , which carries the railway over the river, lies just a mile away.
Following various opening events, including opportunities for over 60,000 people to walk over the bridge for the first time, the bridge will officially open to traffic on Thursday 7 September , with no pedestrian access.
The initial speed limit will be 40mph but after work has been completed to adapt the Forth Road Bridge public transport will be switched back to the old bridge and the Queensferry Crossing will become a 70mph motorway.
The new Queensferry bridge is a cable-stayed structure, with three towers each 207 metres (679 ft) high. Including approaches, the overall length of the bridge will be 2.7 km (1.7 miles) and at opening, it is the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world.
The WAN AWARDS Best Bridge category is now open until 31st October.
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