The Third Don Crossing reached a significant milestone on July 16th, as the last steel beams of the bridge’s main deck structure were slotted carefully into place, watched by crowds of passers-by and interested onlookers, and pictured in local newspaper the Aberdeen Press and Journal.
A 1,000-tonne crane has been manoeuvring the steel beams out over the river and into place, as part of the multimillion pound project to establish a much-needed third crossing over the River Don in the area, and bring to an end the traffic nightmares of those approaching Aberdeen from the north.
Councillor Ross Thomson told the newspaper: “This is a key milestone in the construction of the bridge which has taken over 30 years to finally get to this point. It’s a really historical moment, and I think that’s reflected in the fact that a good number of people have turned out to see the last bit of steel being put into place.”
Six steel beams arrived to the site in total, and once the concrete deck is built on top of the steel substructure, the bridge should be able to accommodate a planned single-carriageway, two-lane road, along with a cycleway and two footpaths.