Frazer Henderson from the Forth Replacement Crossing Team at Transport Scotland told MSPs if the
Forth Crossing Bill
was passed and gained royal assent next January then contracts could be signed by April next year.
was receiving an update from the Forth Replacement Crossing Team on 28 September 2010.
MSPs also questioned Mike Glover, Lawrence Shackman and David Climie from the team.
MSPs overwhelmingly backed the general principles of the Forth Crossing Bill after it was debated at the first stage of its parliamentary scrutiny, on 26 May 2010.
The aim of the bill is to grant Scottish ministers the necessary powers to construct a new road bridge over the Firth of Forth, adjacent to the existing Forth Road Bridge, along with new and upgraded connecting roads.
The Forth Crossing Bill Committee backed the plans for the £2bn bridge project.