Groundbreaking ceremony for Storstrømbrücke
81 years after the opening of the old Storstrøm Bridge, the groundbreaking ceremony for Denmark’s third largest bridge project took place last week: the new Storstrøm Bridge.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Denmark’s third largest bridge, the new Storstrøm Bridge. Image: Vejdirektoratet
On Thursday, Transport Minister Ole Birk Olesen and the mayors of the municipalities of Vordingborg and Guldborgsund symbolically started the excavation work on the project. In just 4 years there is a bridge with a length of 4 km over the fairway between Zealand and Falster stand.
“It’s a huge project that will not only bring the eastern part of Denmark closer together, but also create a better and faster connection to Germany,” the minister said in his speech on the project’s start of construction.
Also in terms of jobs, the bridge is of great importance in the area, Olesen continues. “In the next 8 years, a lot will happen in the construction sector and we are currently expecting 2000-3000 new jobs in the area, which will be created by the construction of the new bridge and the subsequent demolition of the old ones.”
A beautiful landmark
Mayor Michael Smed from the municipality of Vordingborg sees bridge construction as a driver for economic growth in the region. “The bridge leads to shorter travel times and improves the framework conditions for growth. It will be of enormous importance to the infrastructure, both nationally and internationally, and will be a landmark for our region. “
Mayor John Brædder from the municipality of Guldborgsund sees the Storstrøm Bridge as an important link for the approximately 2,000 commuters who commute to work daily between the different parts of the country. “But even during the construction phase, the project is very important. Local companies have the opportunity to participate in this project, “says Brædder
Facts about Storstrømbrücke
- The new Storstrøm bridge will be 4 km long and over 100 m high.
- It will be the third largest bridge in Denmark after the Öresund Bridge and the Storebelt Bridge.
- The bridge will receive two high-speed train tracks and a two-lane highway with a maximum speed of 80 km / h, as well as a pedestrian and cycle path.
- For road traffic, it is expected to open in 2022, 2023 for rail traffic.
- The total project volume including demolition of the old bridge is about DKK 4.1 billion (EUR 550 million)