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£17m Kincardine Bridge upgrade to go ahead with Balfour Beatty

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Balfour Beatty bags £17m Kincardine Bridge upgrade

The project will involve demolishing the Kincardine Bridge’s southern piled viaduct and replacing it with a completely new reinforced concrete structure, with main construction expected to begin in early summer. The construction process is expected to take almost two years. Since 1992, a steel propping system has supported the southern piled viaduct. Traffic will be diverted along a temporary two-lane bridge that will be built alongside the old viaduct to minimise disruption to road users. This temporary bridge will also allow pedestrians access, reports Construction Journal.

Once completed, the new viaduct will resemble adjacent spans on the original bridge, with lamp posts and parapets from the demolished viaduct reinstalled. BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s operating company for the South East of Scotland, is in charge of the project. Jacobs created a detailed design.

“The replacement of the Kincardine Bridge southern piled viaduct is an important project, one that will ensure the bridge’s long-term future use,” said Graeme Dickie, director of operations at Balfour Beatty. We will continue to focus on reducing our environmental impact by reusing materials from the existing structure wherever possible while also minimising disruption to the travelling public and local communities.”

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