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FCC Begins Work on Mersey Gateway Bridge

FCC Begins Work on Mersey Gateway Bridge

  • Construction will create more than 4,600 jobs
  • New bridge will be over 2km long, carrying 80,000 vehicles per day

The FCC/Kier/Samsung consortium in charge of building the Mersey Gateway has broken ground on the project.

The first jobs for the consortium were to clear the site, conduct geotechnical studies of the terrain, and run pavement studies and inspections of the existing bridges that have to be remodelled, together with the approach roads across the wetlands on both sides of the river at Widnes and Runcorn.

In the following months the consortium is also scheduled to pitch construction camps on both sides of the river and demolish buildings in the vicinity.

They will also build three cofferdams in the Mersey for the pylons and lay a temporary metal bridge (which will advance from each side of the river and eventually join the two banks) from floating barges to enable vehicle access all along the Main Bridge.

Finally, the contractors will improve the Runcorn road system, starting at the Bridgewater junction and the M56 roundabout.

FCC won the contract in a tender in which it vied for the concession and construction in June 2013. Its partners in the consortium that won the concession are Bilfinger, Sanef and Macquarie, while for the construction it is accompanied by Samsung CT and Kier.

The new bridge will be 2.13 kilometres long and will carry 80,000 vehicles per day.

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