REACHING FOR THE SKYE

This article discusses the design and construction of Scotland's controversial new road bridge between the mainland at Lochalsh and the island of Skye. Opposition to the bridge has been expressed by conservationists, concerned about its visual intrusion, and residents fearful of the effect on local tourism. The bridge has attracted considerable engineering interest, as it will be one of the world's longest free-span balanced-cantilever concrete box-girder bridges, with a 250m main span. The design and construction of this huge bridge has presented a great challenge. So much time has been lost due to bad weather, especially high winds and low temperatures, that 24-hour working was adopted during Summer 1994. Despite the weather, three or four concrete segments per week have been cast on-site since August 1994. Because of the weather, extra care has been taken with the concrete construction, especially in monitoring and controlling concrete maturity and in releasing the profiled formwork. The construction team has also put much effort into quality control, which includes continual supervision of the concrete batching plant and a variety of tests on the concrete. Completion of the bridge on time is expected.

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    THE CONCRETE SOCIETY

    3 EATONGATE, 112 WINDSOR ROAD
    WEXHAM,   United Kingdom  SL1 2JA
  • Authors:
    • LEWIS, A
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 7-10
  • Serial:
    • CONCRETE
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: THE CONCRETE SOCIETY
    • ISSN: 0010-5317

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM