The elegant new bridge opens to traffic on
Wednesday. With three structures rising like sails over its
span, it is the longest of its type in the world at 1.7 miles
It reaches 210 meters (690 ft) above high tide, standing as tall
as around 48 London buses stacked on top of each other. Barriers
deflect the wind and shield vehicles from the huge gusts common
on the Forth.
The state-of-the-art engineering feat needed 35,000 tonnes of
steel for the superstructure and 150,000 tonnes of concrete.
Construction took six years. Although the project overran by 10
weeks, its cost of 1.35 billion pounds ($1.75 billion) is 235
million pounds below budget.
"The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident,
forward-looking Scotland and – as well as providing a vital
transport connection for many years to come – it is a truly
iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering," said
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The Forth Bridge, a red-colored rail bridge that has become a
UNESCO World Heritage site, opened in 1890, the first major
structure in Britain to be made from steel.
The second Forth Bridge, a road which will now be used primarily
for public transport vehicles, opened in 1964.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary, editing by Larry King)
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