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Korean mega-bridge opens to traffic

South Korea’s £1bn Incheon bridge officially opened last week − four years and four months after construction began.

The bridge connects the Songdo International Business District in the Incheon Free Economic Zone and Incheon International Airport on Yeongjongdo. The bridge, which features an 800m main span cable-stayed bridge, is at 12.3km one of the world’s longest sea crossings.

“The project demonstrates the potential for successful collaboration between Amec and its Korean partners, particularly in the energy sector.”

Soo-Hong Kim, Amec Korea

The project was procured by the Korea Highway Corporation on a build, operate, transfer basis. Incheon Bridge Co, the Amec-led concessionaire, in joint venture with the City of Incheon, will finance and manage the toll-bridge for 30 years before returning the project to the Korean government.

A joint venture team led by Halcrow and including Arup and local consultant Dasan was appointed by design and build contractor Samsung Construction joint venture as the contractor’s checking engineer in March 2005.

“Amec’s leading project management skills and the use of the first foreign-led Public Private Partnership contract structure in Korea have been key in delivering a world-class facility,” said Incheon Bridge Company president and Amec Korea chief executive Soo-Hong Kim.

“The project demonstrates the potential for successful collaboration between Amec and its Korean partners on future business ventures, particularly in the strategically important energy sector.”

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