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Video | Mersey Gateway Bridge opens

mersey gateway bridge

The £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Bridge opened on Saturday.

Source: FCCCO

Mersey Bridge Project

Construction took Merseylink Civil Contractors Joint Venture (MCCJV) more than three and a half years. The joint venture’s members include FCC Construcción (Spain), Kier Infrastructure and Overseas and South Korean Samsung C&T Corporation. The client was Halton Borough Council.

The Mersey Gateway Design Joint Venture comprised Cowi with Aecom, Fhecor and Eptisa, with architectural support by Dissing & Weitling. Cowi was the engineering designer while Aecom led the design of the landside works including 7km of new roads.

The six-lane cable-stayed structure is 2.24km long, with a central span of 1km and two approach viaducts. It has four spans supported by three pylons in the Mersey estuary. The 80m high central pylon is shorter than the two outer pylons, which are 110m (north pylon) and 125m (south pylon). 1,296km of cables connect these pylons to the bridge deck.

The bridge is the part of a new 9.2km road network, connecting Runcorn and Widnes.

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  • Congratulations to client Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, contractor Merseylink and their designers on the opening of the Mersey Gateway to traffic. This marks the end of a process of planning, design and construction which has taken more than a decade and involved many companies including the Technical Advisor team of Ramboll, CH2M and Knight Architects. Mersey Gateway is a vitally important infrastructure project for the north-west as well as providing a distinctive new landmark for the region. Having been an influential part of this extraordinary project for more than a decade Knight Architects are delighted to see it open to the public.

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