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First bridge slid onto new foundations on Scotland’s M8 M73 M74 upgrade

Transport Scotland has released video footage showing preparation work and the final slide into position for the first major structure on the £500M M8 M73 M74 motorway improvement scheme.

Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP and its construction joint venture, Ferrovial Lagan completed the bridge slide in a 15 day track possession with passenger services restarting earlier this week.

Foundations for the new Braehead Railway Bridge to carry the rail line over the new motorway route were installed during four weekend possessions in April. The bridge is supported on eight 2m diameter piles.

With the foundations in place and ground improvement undertaken on the approach embankments, the new bridge deck was constructed adjacent to the rail line.

“The success of the bridge slide marks a significant milestone as part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project and is the first tangible improvement to the transport infrastructure,” said Transport Scotland project sponsor Graeme Reid.

“The time lapse gives a real sense of the challenges involved in delivering a project of this scale and encourages a greater understanding of civil engineering schemes and the benefits they can bring.

“I would also like to thank all the passengers whose travel plans were affected by these works for their patience during the construction of the new bridge.”


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