|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Higgins Neuk Roundabout|
|Fife • Stirlingshire|
The Clackmannanshire Bridge was built in 2008 to ease pressure off the Kincardine Bridge. It is a WS2+1 bridge with the two ends being on a large slope. The carriageway is laid out to give alternative overtaking lanes, southbound across the bridge and up to Higgins Neuk Roundabout and northbound once it has crossed the bridge to climb the hill into Clackmannanshire. It also incorporates facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The reinforced concrete bridge comprises a 1.2km crossing on 26 spans, and was designed by WA Fairhurst & Partners.
The bridge was built in sections on the mainland and then pushed out across the pre-built piers in the Forth to span the river. This somewhat unusual construction method avoided the need to have barges in the river or cranes lifting sections into place, allowing most of the construction team to be land based.
Despite its name, the bridge is actually in the Fife Council area, and the southern end is in Falkirk. However, there is no junction in Fife, and the road from the bridge crosses through fields to enter Clackmannanshire to find its first junction, Kilbagie Roundabout on the A977. Thus, the bridge is deemed to be the bridge to Clackmannanshire, even if it doesn't actually enter the wee county itself.