The importance of carrying out bearing and expansion joint inspections by proficient and competent engineers who understand their functionality can often be key to maximising a structure’s lifespan and avoiding major, unexpected, emergency repair costs.
USL Ekspan have carried out a number of projects for swing bridges and foot bridges. From design, fabrication of all structural components, to trial erection and final installation. Details of these type of bridge installations can be supplied on request.
USL Ekspan were contracted by Amey (S.E Scotland) to re-waterproof the approach viaducts leading up to the Forth Road Bridge. The work consisted of the following:
With the bridge being located in a difficult environment spanning over the River Forth and many homes and businesses that line its banks, USL Ekspan encountered a number of challenges when completing the work. Firstly, due to the residential housing and local businesses situated below the bridge, there was no tolerance for any dust creation. Consequently, the normal deck preparation methods could not be performed meaning unconventional solutions needed to be devised and implemented.
Another challenge that arose was with weather. These works started in December 2019 meaning USL Ekspan operatives had to battle against the elements in the already harsh environment to carry out the work over the winter period. The work is still on going with the southbound carriageway recently completed and the northbound work due to start in March 2020.
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