the first sections of deck for the new bridge spanning the Firth of Forth will be in place by as early as this week.
Each section weighs 800 tonnes and will form part of the Queensferry Crossing’s southern viaduct.
The 100m-long sections were built in Darlington, but are being put together on the estuary’s banks. They will take up to 24 hours to install in their final positions.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who toured the site yesterday, said: “When I visited the site last November I saw the structures being dispatched to start work on the tower foundations.
“Since then the world’s largest underwater concrete pour has taken place and now the towers are emerging above the water.
“This fantastic progress is being matched on the land. Looking at the 100-metre long section of deck really shows you just how vast the final Queensferry Crossing will be.
“It’s a credit to the hard work of those involved in delivering the project to have made such progress so far.”