New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today show the progress being made in the construction of a new network of roads and bridges throughout the Olympic Park site.
The main north-south route through the Olympic Park and new bridges into the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre sites are among the new links that have now been constructed.
The site of the Olympic Park is made up of fragmented pockets of land, segregated by railway lines and waterways which in the past have created poor connections between local communities. The structures, bridges and highways project is the single biggest construction project the ODA is delivering and will create new connections across the site to provide an open and accessible Olympic Park in Games-time and in legacy.
Construction work is now underway on 21 bridges in total, and more than 30 new bridges will be built in the Olympic Park altogether.
“As the main venues make their mark on the Olympic Park skyline, we are also seeing the essential new infrastructure that will link them together taking shape,” said ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Simon Wright. “These new networks of roads and bridges are already transforming the once fragmented Olympic Park site, creating new links for construction activity and providing the building blocks for an open and accessible Park in 2012 and beyond.”
Construction work has already been completed on the main north-south bridge through the Olympic Park and it is now being used by construction traffic as the main artery through the site. In Games-time, temporary elements will be added to allow the bridge to accommodate the large number of Games spectators, taking the bridge to 70m in width. After the Games, the temporary elements will be removed and the permanent structure will be left to form the main ‘spine’ through the middle of the legacy Olympic Park.
Around the Olympic Stadium site, which is being built on a compact island surrounded by water on three sides, five new bridges are being built to create essential new links in Games time and legacy. The first new footbridge into the Stadium site is nearing completion, spanning 41 metres across the River Lea to create an 11 metre-wide pedestrian link into the western side of the Olympic Stadium. Construction work is also well underway on the other four bridges into the Stadium site.
Work is also progressing well to create essential new links into the Aquatics Centre site. A new bridge that will form the main route into the Aquatics Centre site for visitors during the 2012 Games and in legacy has now been lifted into place. The bridge deck, which was lifted in using the largest crane in Europe, is 16 metres wide and spans 50 metres over the Waterworks River which runs through the Olympic Park site.
Along with the construction of new bridges, work is also now underway to construct the Olympic Park Loop Road – a new 12km road that circles the Olympic Park site. In Games-time, the Loop Road will connect the Olympic Village to each venue in the Olympic Park, giving competitors and officials easy and quick access. In legacy, the road will provide access around the Olympic Park and other developments for pedestrians and vehicles.