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Report - Forth Road Bridge Visit, Edinburgh Scotland, November 2011

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by mcmerit, Apr 9, 2013.

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    I was lucky enough to be selected to take a trip up the south tower in late November of 2011. The Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth, connecting the capital city Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. It replaced a centuries-old ferry service to carry vehicular traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians across the Forth; rail crossings are made by the adjacent and well known Forth Bridge. The bridge under went a 1.2 billion pound survey after corrosion was found on similar bridges in America. It was found that the main cables had lost 8-10% in there strength. As part of the survey large trenches where dug around the anchorages to determine the state of the cables. Also a dehumidification program has being put under way to try and length the life span of the bridge. Even though measure have been taken, the bridge is due to be closed in 2020 and a replacement crossing has being comisioned.

    Bridge from View Point
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    South Side
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    North Side
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    Dehumidification Around the Main Wire
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    View Of the Deck
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    Inside the Tower
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    Wires Fixed Into the Concrete
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    Trench Digging
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    Sorry for the Pictures, due to the cramp conditions i chose just to take a point and shoot. I was also made to put on a full harness before i got inside incase we had to be airlifted or something :eek:
     
    #1 mcmerit, Apr 9, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2013

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