New Denmark to Germany bridge

By Chris Sleight18 March 2008

Denmark and Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see construction of a new € 4,2 billion bridge linking the two countries across the Baltic Sea. Known as the Fehmarn Belt Link the 20 km long bridge is expected to start construction in 2011, with completion scheduled for 2018.

A feasibility study by consultants COWI and the Danish Transport Research Institute in the early 1990s said a bridge with four traffic lanes and two rail lines would be the most viable. The study proposed two bridge designs, either a triple 724 m main span cable-stayed bridge or a 1752 m main span suspension bridge. In both cases, said the study, the concrete pylons would be about 285 m high.

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