Tay Road Bridge works

Tay Road Bridge works Image

CARRIAGEWAY closures and traffic management arrangements on the Tay Road Bridge will be lifted later this week as the first phase of a major refurbishment and replacement programme is completed.

The north (Dundee) bound carriageway will reopen on Friday after almost six months of work, meaning the south (Fife) bound carriageway will have all restrictions lifted.

For the first time since the bridge was built in 1966 the surface was completely removed down to the concrete bridge deck, with waterproofing applied and a new asphalt surface laid on top. In addition, 92 new expansion or movement joints were also installed.

Chair of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board Cllr Gary Holt of Fife Council said: “While we are only half -way through this contract, I am pleased with progress so far.

“This work is essential to keep the structure safe and in good condition and aside from a few minor incidents, drivers have coped well with what I know was an inconvenience, particularly for people who use the bridge every day.

“When work is completed in both directions next year the new road surface will provide a smoother and more secure journey across the bridge for drivers.”

Before the bridge re-opens at 5am on Friday preparation work will mean it is closed from 12.00am on that day, along with a stretch of the A92. Diversions will be put in place and signposted.

Plans for next year’s work on the south (Fife) bound carriageway have been updated as a result of experience, most notably bringing the start date forward to March. More details of the closures and diversions will be issued nearer the time.

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