MT Højgaard builds new bridge across Hardangerfjord in Norway.
Scheduled for completion in 2013
MT Højgaard has entered a contract with Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Roads Administration) to carry out the steel- and assembly work on the Hardanger Bridge across Hardangerfjord in Norway. The bridge is scheduled for completion in 2013.
The longest bridge in Norway
The bridge, which will have two lanes plus a cycle/footpath, will be a suspension bridge with a total length of 1,380 meters. The main span is 1,310 meters, which is 30 meters longer than the Golden Gate Bridge, but shorter than the Great Belt Bridge which has a span of 1,624 meters.
The bridge has been designed by Norway's Forum Arkitekter and will be a new Norwegian landmark with its 200 meters high concrete towers and a steel construction, which ”hovers in the air” across the fjord.
In total, more than 14,000 tons of steel will be used in the construction of the bridge, of which the suspension cables alone weigh 6,400 tons. The actual assembly of the steel will be initiated in 2011, when the concrete pillars and the construction of roads and tunnels have been completed.
The bridge will replace the existing ferry, and will reduce the journey time between Oslo and Bergen significantly, as well as benefiting local traffic.
The concrete- and construction work will be carried out by Norwegian contractors. Construction work is planned to start in February 2009 with blasting of the tunnels.