June 14, 2022

UPDATE: 6 July 2022

Work to refurbish and maintain the Forth Road Bridge will continue this summer with a project to renew the waterproofing and surfacing on its approach viaducts.

Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland will carry out the works under a series of lane and carriageway closures. The programme, which was originally due to start on 29 June, will now commence on Sunday 10 July 2022 with traffic management being put in place over night.

The following carriageway and lane closures are proposed to allow the works to be undertaken:
• Sunday 10 July – Monday 25 July: Southbound carriageway closure
• Tuesday 26 July – Sunday 14 August: Both fast lanes closed
• Monday 15 August – Thursday 08 September: Northbound carriageway closure
• Thursday 08 September – Wednesday 12 October: Southbound carriageway closure
• Wednesday 12 October – Monday 17 October: Both fast lanes closed

One lane in each direction will remain available to traffic throughout these works.

All work is weather dependent so dates may be updated in the event of adverse conditions.

For the safety of road users and the workforce, a mandatory 30mph speed limit will be in place on the Forth Road Bridge for the duration of the project.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s South East Unit Bridges Manager said: “The approach viaducts on the Forth Road Bridge have never been waterproofed, which has resulted in small localised areas of damage to the concrete decks. To avoid further deterioration, it is now essential that we remove the existing surfacing, carry out concrete repairs to the deck, and apply a new waterproof membrane before adding new surfacing.

“Lane and carriageway closures are unavoidable, however we do not expect these works to cause any significant delays for users of the bridge.

“While restrictions are in place, we will also be taking the opportunity to carry out other works on the bridge that require access to the carriageways, such as such as joint repairs and inspections.”