Another milestone has been reached in the construction of Edinburgh Trams with Russell Road reopening after 11 months following the completion of the installation of a new bridge. Russell Road was closed in September 2011 and was finally reopened to all traffic on Friday 24th August.
The bridge which has now been installed required in situ construction with scaffold support erected underneath to secure the concrete deck while it was cast and space was also required to construct the bridge supports. Although Russell Road is now open there may be occasions in the future where temporary traffic management is introduced to allow the remainder of the works to be completed.
Cllr Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener on the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Russell Road is a key route connecting Roseburn and Murrayfield to Gorgie and Dalry, so it will make a noticeable difference to traffic flow having it open again. As always, we are extremely grateful to the residents of the surrounding area for their patience and understanding while these essential tram works were carried out.”