Gore Glen bridge beams lift
Work began late on Friday evening (08/11/13) on the new bridge at Gore Glen. The construction team worked throughout the night and the crucial fifteen large pre-cast beams were in place by Saturday afternoon.
Two cranes then worked through until Sunday morning to lift 100 smaller elements of the bridge into place. Floodlights enabled the team to work throughout both nights and finish ahead of schedule. This allowed the A7 to reopen at 07:30 on Sunday morning, minimising disruption to road users.
To finish off the main structural work to the bridge, the A7 will close at Gore Glen on Saturday 16th November from 07:00-17:00 so that the team can pour concrete on to the bridge structure to form the new bridge deck.
Saturday Sunrise at Gore Glen
A 500 tonne and a 100 tonne crane helped to lift the bridge beams into place
Working throughout the night
Next week, the Borders Railway project will be undertaking masonry work on the Lothianbridge Viaduct.
From Monday 18th to Monday 25th November there will be traffic restrictions on the A7 under the viaduct. During the day, traffic will be managed by temporary traffic signals on manual control. At night there will be a full closure with a diversion in place along Newtongrange High Street.