Scotland announce bidding for new Expansion Joints on Forth Road Bridge
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Scotland announce bidding for new Expansion Joints on Forth Road Bridge

Scotland announce bidding for replacement of Expansion Joints on Forth Road Bridge

Transport Scotland is advertising for a suitable contractor to take on a £9 million programme of works to replace the expansion joints on the Forth Road Bridge, with a contract due for award in the autumn of 2017, with a start on site in the spring of 2018, and a construction time of eight months.

The Forth Road Bridge opened across the Firth of Forth in 1964, carrying the A90 between Fife and Lothian. The bridge consists of two approach viaducts and a suspension bridge. The main span is 1km long and the side spans are each 408 metres. The deck is an open steel truss with an orthotropic stiffened plate on the main span and reinforced concrete slabs on the side spans. Two aerially spun cables of approximately 590mm diameter each support the truss.

Forth Road Bridge & Forth Bridge Panorama by Neapel
Forth Road Bridge & Forth Bridge Panorama by Neapel

The main expansion joints are at the north and south main towers. They are the roller shutter or rolling leaf type and were developed, fabricated and installed by Demag of Germany. These joints are believed to be the largest and oldest of their type in existence. The replacement joints will be a modified version of the same type of joint.

The contract involves:

  • Replacement of the carriageway expansion joints at the north and south main towers.
  • Replacement of the carriageway expansion joints on the north and south approach viaducts
  • Replacement of the carriageway nosing joints at the north and south side towers
  • Replacement of the footway/cycleway joints at the north and south main towers
  • Replacement of the footway/cycleway joints at the north and south approach viaducts.

Further details available from Public Contracts Scotland.

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Post source : Public Contracts Scotland

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