Norway: Contract signed for next phase of world’s longest timber bridge
Representatives of the Norwegian road authority Nye Veier and the joint venture BERINOR ANS, associating BESIX and Rizzani de Eccher, have signed the contract for the design, permitting and further development of the E6 Moelv-Roterud infrastructure project. The project includes a main bridge over Lake Mjøsa spanning more than one kilometre, and an 11-kilometre section of four-lane motorway.
The bridge concept will make it the longest in the world to use structural timber and will set a new benchmark for the use of sustainable materials in major infrastructure projects. Sustainability aspects, including limited greenhouse gas emissions and quality landscape integration, are amongst the primary objectives of Nye Veier and BERINOR.
BESIX and Rizzani de Eccher are associated, among others, with the Norwegian contractor AF Gruppen, the designer and consultant Multiconsult and architect Knut Selberg.
"This is an important step in the project we signed today. It allows us to move forward together towards the realization of a bridge that will be remarkable and unique, especially from a technical and environmental point of view. I look forward to the dynamism and professionalism of the collaboration which all project stakeholders are enthusiastically signing up for," said Nic De Roeck, Area Manager of BESIX in Europe.
BESIX and Rizzani de Eccher have demonstrated in the past the quality of their collaboration in the infrastructure field. In September 2019, several months ahead of schedule, they successfully completed the Crown Princess Mary Bridge (Kronprinsesse Marys Bro) in Denmark. The project included an 8.2 km four-lane motorway and a 1.4 km bridge over the Roskilde fjord, the first cantilever bridge built in Denmark since 1970. Both the motorway and the bridge crossed an EU Natura 2000 area, the works were therefore subject to strict environmental requirements.