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Atkins wins Danish bridge job

Atkins has been appointed to provide the preliminary studies and design work for several new and existing bridge structures, as part of a widening programme on the Køge Bay motorway in Denmark.

The work to expand the 8km-long section of motorway - which sees more than 100,000 vehicles pass through every day - from six to eight lanes will require the construction of seven new bridges and the extension of nine existing bridges.

The road will remain operational whilst the work is taking place, with traffic running parallel to the extended lanes. Atkins will work closely with the Danish Road Directorate and other consultants working on the extension to ensure that disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum.

Atkins market director Martin Svenning Nielsen said: “This is a highly complicated assignment due to the large number of bridges, and the need to keep traffic flowing throughout the construction process. With 100,000 vehicles using the motorway every day this will require expert project management to ensure the work proceeds as smoothly and as safely as possible so that motorists are not unduly inconvenienced.”

The first phase of the project will see the construction of a new bridge across Karlstrup Marsh, located next to the existing motorway. The bridge will be founded on piles due to the soft subsoil and to protect the natural environment of the area. The bridge’s construction will not interfere with existing motorway traffic and it will also be used as a temporary road during the construction work. Atkins will begin design work on the project immediately.

Martin Svenning Nielsen and his team of bridge experts from the former Gimsing & Madsen consultancy - acquired by Atkins last year - have consulted on a number of motorway structures in Jutland, Denmark, and served as client advisors for the construction of Denmark’s longest, tallest valley bridge over Funder Valley Silkeborg.

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