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Barriers proposed to stop wind toppling trucks at Forth Road Bridge

Barriers proposed to stop wind toppling trucks at Forth Road Bridge
Traffic barriers are set to be installed at the Forth Road Bridge in Edinburgh to shield large vehicles from heavy winds.

According to the Scotsman, bosses at the bridge, one of the most impressive suspension structures in the world, are proposing to spend £1.6 million on the wind barrier project.

The scheme has been put forward following incidents in 2008 in which HGVs were toppled by gusts.

Chief engineer and bridgemaster Barry Colford told the newspaper: "The Forth Road Bridge has operated since opening in 1964 with very few serious incidents or fatalities caused by high winds. The procedure for dealing with traffic and high winds has evolved over the years to reflect changes in risk management.

"Although the two incidents in 2008 happened on a live carriageway with potentially serious consequences for users, and resulted in massive disruption, it should be stressed that this type of incident is rare."

When it opened in 1964, the Forth Road Bridge was the fourth largest in the world and the longest outside of the US. 39,000 tonnes of steel and 125,000 cubic metres of concrete were used in its construction.

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Date: 27/04/2011 13:45:48

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