MILAN, Jan. 4 (Class Editori) — The construction work of the Brăila Bridge in Romania — the suspension bridge over the Danube River, built by the joint venture between Webuild at 60% (through Astaldi, now acquired by Webuild) and the Japanese IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd.— are continuing. The two main cables of what will be the second longest suspension bridge in continental Europe and the longest one in Romania were successfully assembled. The overall progress of the construction work is now at over 59%.
More than 150 engineers and skilled workers have been contributing for four months to the assembly of the two large cables, resulting by the interlacing of more than 18,000 steel wires (more than 9,000 for each cable), which together weigh 6,775 tons and have a cumulative length of about 38,000 kilometers (almost as long as the Earth’s circumference). Today, this extremely challenging and innovative project sees in its entirety over 900 people and a chain of 100 direct suppliers working on it. The approximately 485 million euros-worth project was commissioned by CNAIR, a state-owned company under the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and it is financed by the European Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (Poim).
The bridge will connect the two banks of the Danube River in the Galați - Brăila area, reducing the time needed to cross the river for about 7,000 vehicles a day, which today have the ferry as their only option. The suspension bridge over the Danube River will have a central span of 1,120 meters, will be 1,975 meters long and will be equipped with four lanes of roadway, with emergency lanes and combined bicycle and pedestrian paths. The project also includes constructing roads in order to connect the existing road network, with two access viaducts of about 90 meters each, a viaduct of 220 meters to cross the Brăila - Galați railway line and a new 21-kilometers-long road network.
The Brăila Bridge is one of the many bridges and viaducts built worldwide by Webuild, which boasts a track record that includes about 1,000 kilometers of bridges and viaducts, the equivalent of a single large bridge connecting Berlin and Paris. Among the many works completed are the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge in California, the Genoa-Saint George Bridge in Italy —an engineering challenge completed in just over a year— and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in Turkey.
The news of the construction work’s progress was well received at the Italian Stock Exchange, where Webuild's shares opened the session up 1.15% to 2.12 euros.
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