Bridge changes hypothetical
The article states that “plans have been revealed” to replace the deck of the Forth Road Bridge. However, this is simply not true.
A rolling 15-year programme of major projects to strengthen and improve the bridge’s structure and replace major components is set out in the Bridge Authority’s long-term Capital Plan. No project to replace the deck of the Forth Road Bridge has ever appeared in this plan and nobody is proposing that such a project be undertaken now or in the future.
The story is very loosely based on a second-hand account of remarks made at a lecture. My comments on the possibility of replacing the deck were entirely hypothetical. This was stressed at the meeting, so it is regrettable that the article suggested otherwise.
Barry Colford, Chief Engineer & Bridgemaster, Forth Road Bridge