The New Queensferry Bridge

The Queensferry Bridge The new bridge over the River Forth has been named the Queensferry Bridge - it is seen here in the Spring of 2016 from the north-east That a new road bridge should be built was agreed in 2007, and work started four years later. It will be the world’s longest three tower cable-stayed bridge. This last rather dull sounding phrase does seem to echo the unease some people feel as to whether it can live up to the aesthetic standards of its older neighbours. First Pillar The carriageway of the south tower just reaching the approach road's supports in the Spring of 2016 Three towers The towers from the south in the autumn of 2015 with no road attached Two road bridges The new bridge seen from the old road bridge looking north The new bridge is 2.7 kms long, with a central span of one km, making it the longest bridge of its type in the world. It weighs in at 42,000 tons which places it between the other two bridges in weight. Three bridges This panorama shows the relative position of the bridges, the rail and road to the right, the new Queensferry to the left, the two leftmost towers were used for the approach road construction and are now gone Queensferry Brige and Road Bridge from Port Edgar The two road bridges seen from Port Edgar on the south shore of the Forth Piquantly, during excavation for the southern approach road to the bridge, signs of a house from 10,000 years ago were found. This was the oldest known dwelling in Scotland at the time of its discovery. The present cost is estimated to be £1.3 billion. The official death toll, in the Spring of 2016, is one. For the rail bridge it was probably 78 and for the road bridge seven. Road bridges from north The road bridges seen from downstream on the north bank of the river. The depth of the water varies between 30 and 70 metres (17/41 fathoms) where the Queensferry bridge crosses the river Enough cable is used in the bridge to stretch around the world - 23,000 miles. The cables hold up the road deck which consists of 149 pieces (made in China and brought to the UK in 2013) these are lifted up from barges below and slotted into place. Towers framed from road bridge The two south towers of the new bridge seen from under the road bridge Underneath the appraoch road Underneath the new approach road with its massive nine main beams and supports Two sections meeting The two sections move towards each other–the angle of view implies they might miss! Cranes used to lift sections into place The crane used to put the sections of the road in place To support the road over the water the three towers will be 207 metres (670 feet) high when completed late in 2016. Bridge from north-west The Queensferry Bridge from the north-west Bridge from south-east The Queensferry Bridge from the south-east Bridge from Port Edgar pier Looking up at the Queensferry Bridge under construction - mind the gap The next page takes you on the journey from Istanbul through eastern Turkey to Iran. Starting by ferry, but now the Bosphorus also has its bridges. Railway in eastern Turkey. line
Saturday 28th May 2016 Murphy

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