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S5W-13165: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what repair works are planned for the Erskine Bridge over the next three years, and whether the bridge will be closed for any periods during the works.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 December 2017

Over the next 3 years the following works will be undertaken on the Erskine Bridge, subject to budget provision and competing priorities:

  • Installation of central reserve manholes to improve the safety and accessibility of the bridge deck box girder.

  • Replacement of the life expired south abutment bridge bearings.

  • Completion of the inspection and painting of the main cables.

  • Completion of planned re-tensioning of main cables.

  • Commence the repainting of bridge superstructure and main towers.

  • Miscellaneous isolated deck surfacing repairs, as required

  • Potential dehumidification system installation to the main cables.

  • Main tower top inspections and other routine maintenance.

Over the next 3 years the traffic management associated with the above works required is as follows:

  • The above planned maintenance works shall be undertaken during overnight, off-peak and weekend lane closures.

  • There will be no planned peak-time lane closures.

  • Emergency services will be permitted through any planned closures.

  • Where possible works will be combined under any planned closures.

  • The south abutment bearing replacement work will require the complete closure of the bridge overnight over 3 weekends commencing in February 2018.

  • Full consultation will take place with stakeholders prior to any works being undertaken.

  • Where work cannot be undertaken overnight for safety reasons work will be undertaken utilising weekend lane closures or off-peak lane closures. No peak-time closures are planned thus avoiding serious disruption to commuter traffic.