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COWI wins vast consultancy bridge project in Denmark
Today, the Danish Road Directorate announced that Danish consulting company COWI will head the design of the Storstrom Bridge in close cooperation with the Danish Road Directorate. Work on the four-kilometre bridge is scheduled to start right away, and the combined road and rail bridge featuring footpath and bicycle path is expected to be completed when the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link opens in 2021.
Part of the agreement covers the demolition of the old Storstrom Bridge dating back to 1937, which appears run-down and no longer meets the requirements of modern railway traffic. In addition to a double-lane highway, the Storstrom Bridge will have a double-track electrified railway with a design speed of 200 km/h, which will strengthen the railway network between Copenhagen and Germany.
"COWI is immensely happy and proud that the Danish Road Directorate chose to have COWI head the design of the Storstrom Bridge. This is the type of project that bridge engineers love to be involved in, and it is hugely satisfactory to apply COWI’s international experience on our home ground.
The project is complex, involving both design of a combined road and railway bridge and, not least, planning of the demolition of the existing bridge. Consequently, this kind of project brings our wide range of expert skills into play,” says Lars Hauge, Senior Vice President of Bridge Management at COWI.
COWI’s sub-consultants are the two architectural firms of Dissing + Weitling and Hasløv & Kjærsgaard.
The project is expected to span around a decade.
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