The Queensferry Crossing, the biggest Scottish infrastructure project in a generation, officially opened to traffic on Wednesday (August 30, 2017).
The crossing is the third bridge in as many centuries to link Edinburgh and the north of Scotland over the River Forth. It is the longest of its type in the world at 1.7 miles (2.7 km) and has three structures rising like sails over its span. The bridge reaches 210 metres (690 ft) above high tide, standing as tall as around 48 London buses stacked on top of each other. Barriers deflect the wind and shield vehicles from the huge gusts common on the Forth.
Construction of the mammoth new bridge took six years, needed 35,000 tonnes of steel for the superstructure and 150,000 tonnes of concrete. Although the project overran by 10 weeks, its cost of 1.35 billion pounds ($1.75 billion) is 235 million pounds below budget.
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