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Balfour Beatty wins £13m upgrade to 30-year-old Kessock Bridge

Balfour Beatty has won a £13.2 million Transport Scotland contract to carry out resurfacing and upgrading works on the 30-year-old Kessock Bridge.

The 13 span, 1,052m long cable stayed bridge crosses the Beauly Firth between North Kessock and Inverness. There are twelve piers in total and the main span is 240m long, rising 29m above the water.

Balfour Beatty managing director for Scotland, Murray Easton said: “We have extensive experience of working on complex bridge projects in demanding situations, for example on the M74 completion project and the Forth Road Bridge. We will draw on all that experience to carry out the contract with as little disruption as possible.”

Contract details:

  • The contract includes the installation of traffic management and refurbishment measures, waterproofing, the replacement of deck expansion joints and the retensioning of the bridge suspension cables.
  • Further works will include the replacement of lighting columns and safety barriers and modifications to the existing deck edge parapet.
  • The surfacing material to be used is a highly flexible specialist system particularly suited to steel suspension bridges. This system has only been used on a large scale once before in the UK, on the M5 Avonmouth Bridge which was managed by a Balfour Beatty / Mott MacDonald JV for the Highways Agency Area 2 EMA Contract.
  • The bridge is immediately adjacent to two European Protected Sites: the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation and the Inner Moray Firth Special Protected Area . The Moray Firth is home to bottlenose dolphins, designated bird species, sub-tidal sandbank habitats and Atlantic salmon.
  • Works will be carried out in two phases: from February to June 2013 and February to June 2014.

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