Dis­hon­esty over bridge snag­ging

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – The snag­ging smoke­screen to par­tially close the Queens­ferry Cross­ing lacks cred­i­bil­ity. The ini­tial sug­ges­tion that they had been “very up­front about the fact that there were fin­ish­ing works still to be com­pleted” or that it was merely “a snag­ging is­sue typical of a ma­jor project” are just not be­liev­able.

The cross­ing orig­i­nally opened on Au­gust 30 with a 40mph speed limit al­legedly to mit­i­gate “driver dis­trac­tion”. It then closed for six days for “SNP-led cel­e­bra­tions” from Septem­ber 1 to 6. Com­pare the “Mersey Gate­way Bridge” of very sim­i­lar de­sign which opened im­me­di­ately on Oc­to­ber 14, with its de­sign speed limit of 60mph in force im­me­di­ately, fol­low­ing their fire­work dis­play.

On Septem­ber 13 it was re­ported that “con­sid­er­a­tion was now be­ing given to rais­ing the speed limit to 50mph as cen­tral reser­va­tion bar­rier [work] had been com­pleted and it would ease con­ges­tion prob­lems”. This was an­other ex­am­ple of the un­fin­ished state of con­struc­tion and an­other real rea­son for lim­it­ing the speed. How­ever, the limit was not raised to 50mph un­til early Novem­ber. This ig­nores the fact that the fun­da­men­tal de­sign speed limit was 70mph.

It is com­pletely mis­lead­ing and dis­hon­est to present the road sur­fac­ing is­sue as just a nor­mal snag­ging prob­lem. This was a ma­jor con­struc­tion prob­lem that directly im­pacted on the ex­pan­sion joints. This was what was pre­vent­ing the road be­ing used safely at 70mph.It has ap­par­ently taken three months to de­ter­mine an en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tion.

David Philip, Knock­hall

Way, New­burgh

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