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FCC Begins Work on Mersey Gateway Bridge - Page 2 of 3

The project consists of the construction of a new crossing more than two kilometres long over the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn, east of the Silver Jubilee Bridge, which was opened in the 1960s and is now choked with traffic.

Major urban remodelling work will also be done to seven kilometres of the bridge’s approach roads, including about a kilometre of new viaducts.

The most unusual part of the entire contract is the six-lane, kilometre-long toll bridge itself. It is a 42 metre-wide cable-stayed structure reaching a maximum height of 125 metres.

A multi-lane free-flow toll system will be installed at the intersections, allowing tolls to be collected through automatic number plate recognition thanks to an advanced technological system that does not need to stop the flow of traffic.

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The value of the construction phase of the project, including the land, is calculated at 725 million euros.

From start to finish, 4,600 jobs are anticipated to be created either directly or indirectly through inward investment by the process of building, operating and maintaining the new bridge.

A series of initial contracts representing a total of 12.10 million euros are ready to be announced by Merseylink.

They include contracts for demolition work all over the district, a contract for the construction of provisional approach roads to the river site, and contracts for the construction of the cofferdams and the temporary bridge providing access to the bridge’s main foundations.

The project will benefit not only the Liverpool city-region and its more than 1.6 million inhabitants, but also the entire northwest of England.

The Mersey Gateway Project will be one of the biggest infrastructure initiatives in Great Britain for the next few years.

Last year the Mersey Gateway was identified as one of the 40 top-priority projects of the British government in the National Infrastructure Plan, and the project has been acknowledged by KPMG as one of the world’s 100 most important infrastructure projects.

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