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Harsco to continue $20M job on historic Scotland bridge

Wormleysburg-based Harsco Corp. received a $20-million
contract extension for scaffolding and work platforms being used in the
painting of a historic bridge in Scotland.

Wormleysburg-based Harsco Corp. received a $20-million
contract extension for scaffolding and work platforms being used in the
painting of a historic bridge in Scotland.

The contract is a three-year extension of work on the
scaffolding that London-based engineering and construction firm Balfour Beatty used
to refurbish the Forth Rail Bridge in
eastern Scotland,
according to Harsco.

That bridge is the oldest cantilever bridge in the world
still in operation, according to Forth Bridges Visitor Center Trust. The bridge
opened for railway traffic in 1890. The bridge is also the second-longest
cantilever bridge in the world, at
1,710 feet.

A cantilever bridge uses steel beams and trusses to form two
arms anchored at one end. A suspended bridge section is supported in the middle
by the two arms. The design requires fewer supports underneath, allowing for
longer bridges.

Repainting and renovations of the Forth Rail Bridge began in 1998. Balfour Beatty
took over the project in 2002.

Harsco, based in Cumberland
County, provides services and products to businesses,
including those in the non-residential construction, steel and metals, energy
and railway sectors.

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