The £120 million crossing over the Firth of Forth was originally commissioned by Transport Scotland to allow repairs to the existing Kincardine bridge.
With both bridges in service, traffic flow in the town reduced considerably and air quality improved. The 1.2km bridge was now carries over 14,000 vehicles a day.
When it was constructed, it was one of the world’s longest desk pushes. The bridge, which weighs 35,000 tonnes, has 25 piers, each filled with 840 tonnes of concrete.
The project included development of an extensive network of cycleways and footpaths to improve transport links between Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Fife.
Originally known as the Upper Forth Crossing at Kincardine (unofficially the ‘new Kincardine bridge’), it was named the Clackmannanshire bridge when it was officially opened on 19 November 2008.
VGC was engaged by Morgan Vinci JV to supply a large part of the workforce for the construction of the new bridge.
One of the requirements set by Transport for Scotland was to use local personnel wherever possible and VGC was successful in recruiting staff and labour from the local community.
VGC supplied people from site foremen and operatives through to security staff for this major project.
The Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Bridge Engineering 2009 published an article about the design and construction of the bridge
Transport Scotland published a page about the bridge on its tenth anniversary