Long list of unfinished jobs on Queensferry Crossing revealed

A list of 23 unfinished jobs on the newly-opened Queensferry Crossing which will take until September to complete was published by today.

However, it has not been announced whether the work will force more lane or carriageway closures, disrupting traffic.

The bridge will be an official motorway from February. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The bridge will be an official motorway from February. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Tasks include concrete, painting and various snagging work, according to Transport Scotland.

“Architectural lighting” to illuminate the £1.35 billion structure has also to be finished, the Scottish Government agency said.

The bridge opened on 30 August, but one carriageway has already been closed for five days for repairs after surfacing around expansion joints was laid too high.

Southbound traffic was switched to the Forth Road Bridge during the work in November/December.

Snagging includes galvanising repairs to the "vehicle restraint system", work on windshielding post bolts and louvres and "bearing remedials" on two of the bridge piers.

There is also snagging to road lighting and road drainage.

Other tasks include completion of equipment inside the bridge deck, such as a dehumidification system to protect against corrosion, a network of monitors that provide alerts of any structural problems, and the tower lifts.

Four painting tasks, involving the outside and inside of the structure, won't even start until the spring.

Concrete "finishing" is needed on the towers, piers and deck edge cantilevers.

The list was published by the Scottish Parliament’s rural affairs and connectivity committee after members requested the information when they questioned bridge officials in November.
In a letter to the committee, Transport Scotland said the work had to be complete within a year of the bridge opening.

Major transport infrastructure projects director Michelle Rennie said: “Finishing works and snagging are to be completed within the first year of the five-year defects correction period.

“This means that the contractor has until 30 September 2018 to complete the remaining outstanding works and snagging

“The programme for undertaking these works is determined by the contractor.

“However, this is subject to change for a variety of reasons including weather sensitivities, availability of resource and progress on other activities.”

IN FULL: Ongoing and planned works for Queensferry Crossing

1. Complete managed motorway. Target date: end January

2. Completion of deck internal mechanical and electrical (dehumidification, structural health monitoring, deck shuttle, tower lifts). Target date: end March, but tower lifts end September

3. Completion of mechanical and electrical in abutments and general finishing work. Target date: end March

4. Completion of bridge control room systems (structural health monitoring, SCADA). Target date: end March

5. Concrete finishing, towers, piers and deck edge cantilevers. Target date: end September

6. Commissioning of tower maintenance access platforms. Target date: March

7. Commissioning of cable maintenance access cradles. Target date: end March

8. Load verification test for weigh in motion and structural health monitoring system . Target date: end May

9. Bearing remedials at piers S1 and S3. Target date: end July

10. Completion of internal painting. Target date: March-end September

11. Touch-up external painting (repair chips to paint from handling damage. Target date: March to end Sep

12. Galvanising repairs to vehicle restraint system (zinc paint). Target date: March to end September

13. Complete painting of dampers. Target date: March to end September

14. Completion of architectural lighting. Target date: end March

15. Monitoring of towers at cable anchorages. Target date: March

16. Alignment of underdeck inspection gantry rails. Target date: end June

17. Commissioning of underdeck gantries. Target date: end July

18. Adjustment of windshield louvres. Target date: end Feb

19 Snagging works to windshield post bolts and additional works to wind shield louvres. Target date: end June

20. Finishing work to baseplate grout at windshields and vehicle restraint system. Target date: end Feb

21. Snagging to road lighting. Target date: end March

22. Road drainage snagging. Target date: end March

23. Planting works. Target date: 26 March

Source: Transport Scotland