Major road improvements as part of Forth Replacement Crossing Project progressing

Two separate phases of restrictions are required to allow the safe installation of the new B800 overbridge and ITS driver information gantries as part of improvements to the existing network being made by the Forth Replacement Crossing project (FRC).

The initial phase of the works will see a limited, localised section of the B800 to the south east of South Queensferry fully closed from 20:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs each night from Tuesday October 28 through to Thursday October 30 inclusive. This will allow the contractor Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) to install the bridge beams for the initial phase. Local diversions will be signed via Winchburgh and Newton. Outside of these closures, temporary traffic lights will be in operation on the B800 in the area of the bridge for the final preparation works and crane set-up/de-rigging from Friday October 24 to Saturday November 1 2014.

Then FCBC will fully close the A90 (south of Echline Junction and west of B924 Dalmeny Junction) and the M9 Spur from 20:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs each night from Sunday November 2 to Tuesday November 4 (inclusive) for the installation of the new bridge beams and erection of gantries. Diversions will be signed via Kincardine and the A8/M9. There will be no restrictions for local traffic using the B800 or the A904/B924.

Steven Brown, Transport Scotland’s FRC Roads and Infrastructure Manager, said:

“The construction of new roads and the upgrade of existing infrastructure as part of the FRC project has been carefully designed by our contractor FCBC to minimise disruption as far as possible.

“These restrictions are required to allow installation of beams for a major new B800 bridge and ITS gantries which will bring benefits to road users when the project is open at the end of 2016.

“To ensure the safest and most efficient installation, the carriageways underneath must be closed to normal traffic. However, this work is timed at night to keep disruption to journeys to the absolute minimum.

“We advise drivers to plan ahead – especially for those travelling across the Forth to and from Edinburgh Airport - and avoid any unnecessary or delays to journeys that may be affected by the closures.”

Timing of the phases is weather dependent. In the event of a need to reschedule the works, further notification will be given.

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Published 16 Oct 2014 Tags