Road chiefs and weather experts have warned members of the public to expect disruptions due to bad weather conditions from Wednesday evening onwards.
The Met Office has warned to expect up to eight inches of snow in some parts of Scotland, coupled with continuing gale force winds with gusts up to 70mph which may lead to power cuts and damage to buildings in some areas of Scotland.
Commuters faced chaos on Wednesday morning after the Forth Road Bridge was closed when a heavy goods lorry was blown over. Gridlocked traffic queued for miles up the M90. Later in the day, the alternative route via Rosyth to Kincardine saw the Kincardine Bridge partially closed.
The lorry was travelling on the northbound carriageway on the Forth Road Bridge when it was blown off the roadway, over the central safety grillings to the southbound carriageway where it tipped over.
Police later confirmed a 54 year-old man had been charged in connection with the incident.
It is understood that the lorry driver allegedly ignored warning signs not to cross the bridge in a high-sided vehicle.
Mark Arndt, Amey’s Operating Company Representative for the Forth Road Bridge said: “We’re managing an incident involving an overturned HGV after the driver ignored signs warning that the bridge was closed to high sided vehicles. The bridge is closed in both directions and we are doing everything we can to reopen the route as soon as possible.”
“We’re still in the process of assessing the damage caused by the HGV but we know that there is around 40m of damaged steelwork on the central grillage. We have a full repair crew and supplies mobilised and ready to begin remedial works and we’re working flat out to reopen the bridge as quickly as possible.”
Recovery work was hampered by windy conditions, but the overturned lorry was uprighted around 4pm on Wednesday, however, the bridge still remained closed pending repairs of at least 40metres of steel grilling which had been badly damaged.
Police confirmed that a 54 year-old man had been charged and that a report would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
Meanwhile Police Scotland has advised motorists not to make any journeys apart from essential ones and to check routes beforehand.
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