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A mammoth engineering feat, Scotland's third Forth bridge is ready to open

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 01:01

The Queensferry Crossing, the third bridge in as many centuries to link Edinburgh and the north of Scotland over the River Forth, was formally completed, concluding the biggest Scottish infrastructure project in a generation. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The Queensferry Crossing, the third bridge in as many centuries to link Edinburgh and the north of Scotland over the River Forth, was formally completed on Monday (August 28), concluding the biggest Scottish infrastructure project in a generation. The bridge opens to traffic on Wednesday (August 30). With three structures rising like sails over its span, it is the longest of its type in the world at 2.7 km (1.7 miles). It reaches 210 metres (690 ft) above high tide, standing as tall as around 48 London buses stacked on top of each other. Barriers deflect the wind and shield vehicles from the huge gusts common on the Forth. The state-of-the-art engineering feat needed 35,000 tonnes of steel for the superstructure and 150,000 tonnes of concrete. Construction took six years. Although the project overran by 10 weeks, its cost of 1.35 billion pounds (1.75 billion U.S. dollars) is 235 million pounds below budget.

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A mammoth engineering feat, Scotland's third Forth bridge is ready to open

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 01:01