Teams of ecologists, geologists and engineers will shortly begin a series of studies in the corridor of the crossing to inform decisions on the design and alignment of the bridge and the connecting road network.
From tomorrow representatives from Arup-Jacobs will be conducting land searches on behalf of Transport Scotland in the corridor to establish land ownership and boundaries with affected landowners.
Later this month environmental surveys will get under way and ground investigation work is due to begin in March.
These investigations represent one of the first major packages of work required to progress the design of the crossing, following the appointment of the joint venture consultants led by Arup-Jacobs in January this year.
A competitive tendering process for the provision of specialist ground investigation and marine investigation services is currently under way and Transport Scotland expects to confirm the appointment of contractors shortly to allow investigations to begin in spring 2008.