Midlothian Forth Road Bridge South Approach Ramp, South Queensferry

Midlothian Photo: a fantastic Midlothian Photograph Featuring Forth Road Bridge South Approach Ramp, South Queensferry

Photograph Taken On Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Consulting Engineers, Mott, Hay and Anderson in association with Freeman, Fox & Partners; commissioned 1947; constructed 1958-64. Suspension road bridge over Forth Estuary. Approach viaducts at either end supported on paired piers (10 pairs to S, 6 pairs to N), each joined at head by round arch; main deck of steel; approach viaducts steel box girder with concrete deck and concrete piers. Deck, containing two carriageways and flanking pedestrian cycle/pathways cantilevered out on either side; suspended deck supported by steel stiffening lattice truss. Granite transferred aggregate facing to bases of approach piers. A landmark in Scotland, particularly given its location next to the famous rail bridge of 1882-90 (and as a continuation of the tradition of innovative Scottish engineering feats exemplified by the latter). In international terms it was the first spun-cable suspension bridge to challenge American designs of the period. It has an elegance deriving from the design of its slender construction components (American Designs of around this date eg Mackinac Bridge of 1957 and Verrazano Narrows Bridge of 1963 were far more solid and heavier in appearance). When it was completed in 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge outside the USA and the fourth longest in the world (it has a total span of 2828m).View image on Flickr

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