Dishonesty over bridge snagging
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