Queensferry Crossing timeline: From corrosion to completion

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It’s been a long time coming, but the Queensferry Crossing is finally due to open to traffic.

We take a look at the process of getting the bridge approved and the initial construction.

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2005: Following inquiries by The Scotsman, Scottish Government ministers announce Forth Road Bridge corrosion is so bad that lorries might have to be banned in eight years.

2006: Ministers decide to replace the bridge because of corrosion fears.

2007: Cable-stayed bridge announced as “Forth Replacement Crossing”.

2008: Design and other preparatory work starts.

2009: Forth Crossing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament.

2010: Bill passed.

2011: Construction starts by Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors consortium.

2012: Upgraded M9 Junction 1a completed.

June 2013: Queensferry Crossing announced as name after 35,000 votes cast in public vote.

September 2013: Tower foundations completed.

May 2014: Steel deck sections start to arrive in Rosyth.

Autumn 2015: Tower construction completed.

April 2016: Fitter John Cousins, 60, died after being reportedly struck by the boom of a crane on the north tower deck. Construction halted for three days as a mark of respect.

June 2016: Bridge opening delayed from December to May 2017 because of bad weather.

August 2016: North tower joined to Fife shore.

October 2016: All three towers joined to Fife shore.

February 2017: Last deck section lifted into place, completing carriageway across Forth.

March 2017: Opening further delayed by weather problems, from May until between mid-July and the end of August.

30 August: Bridge due to open to traffic.