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Prestigious bridge project in Brazil improves local economy

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​Last week, COWI, together with two Brazilian JV partners, Enescil and Maia Melo, signed the contract for the prestigious Salvador-Itaparica project in Brazil. The project will create great opportunities for local development.

​The infrastructure project in Bahia State includes the 12-kilometre Salvador-Itaparica Bridge, which will connect metropolitan Salvador with the island of Itaparica, creating great opportunities for development on the island. The bridge will be the second longest in Latin America.

Significantly reducing travel time between the eastern and western parts of Bahia, the fixed link is expected to considerably boost the economy in the south-westernmost part of the state, which is among the poorest regions of Bahia. From an urban point of view, the bridge will create new opportunities for real estate expansion in the Metropolitan Region of Salvador.

"We are very proud to be chosen for this prestigious project. We’ve started mobilising our team and commenced our work, which is to be completed within eight months," says Chief Project Manager Kent Fuglsang.

A landmark bridge

The project includes a signature cable-stayed bridge with 70-metre clearance and a main span of nearly 600 metres. In addition, an opening span for oil exploration rigs will be provided. The bridge will carry a double-lane highway and will be prepared for local light rail traffic.

"A bridge like this will always be seen as a landmark – a structure that creates new development opportunities and integrates people. We are keen to provide a significant landmark structure for Salvador – which the Bospherus Bridges are for Istanbul and Golden Gate Bridge for San Francisco," says Senior Vice President in Bridges, Lars Hauge, and continues:

"Winning this project endorses COWI's preeminent position as a leading international bridge consultant working all over the world."

The architects DISSING+WEITLING will be working as sub-consultants to COWI.

Published 13.03.2014

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016