Leverkusen/Cologne, 20 December 2017 – The North Rhine-Westphalia Roads Agency has awarded PORR Deutschland GmbH the tender for the demolition, new construction and expansion of the motorway bridge A1 Dortmund/Koblenz over the River Rhine. Following completion in 2024, the capacity of the bridge will increase from six to eight lanes – this figure even swells to twelve in some parts when slip roads are included. The contract was signed on 16 October 2017 and preparatory construction work is already underway. The tender is worth around EUR 360m.
Up to six standard lanes and one hard shoulder are planned for the two adjoining structures. Added to this is a 3.25m-wide lane for cyclists and pedestrians on each side. The first part of the new construction will be built to the north, directly beside the existing bridge. Traffic will flow over the first half of the new construction upon completion at the end of 2020. HGVs in particular will then be able to cross the Rhine again. The second part of the bridge will be erected in the same place, thereby ensuring the flow of traffic during the entire construction period. Completion of the second part of the bridge is set for the end of 2024.
“The demolition and new construction of the bridge over the Rhine will require PORR to apply its entire knowhow and we will provide all construction services from a single source,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Strauss on the major order in Germany. Stephan Hebgen, Managing Director of PORR Deutschland GmbH: “Everyone involved in the project will benefit from the close cooperation of the well-coordinated team of civil engineers, PORR Umwelttechnik GmbH and the subsidiaries Stump Spezialtiefbau GmbH and PORR Oevermann GmbH”.
The Rhine bridge is one of the busiest motorway bridges in Germany. A significant amount of the long-distance traffic on the A1 towards Belgium and France goes over the bridge. The A1 bridge is around 50 years old, has six lanes and is used by 120,000 vehicles a day; it has now reached the limits of its capacity.
Facts and figures at a glance
|Project type:||Civil engineering, foundation engineering, earthworks, environmental engineering|
|Scope of services:||Demolition and new construction of the Rhine bridge in Leverkusen including the K35 ramp|
|Client:||North Rhine-Westphalia Roads Agency|
|Contractor:||PORR Deutschland GmbH|
|Order volume:||EUR 362m gross (EUR 305m net)|
|Construction start:||October 2017|
Die PORR Deutschland GmbH
PORR Deutschland GmbH is a full service provider active in every area of the construction industry. The service range includes building construction, traffic infrastructure and bridge construction, tunnelling and specialist civil engineering, power plant construction, hydraulic engineering, industrial construction and refurbishment, as well as environmental engineering and project development. Construction output of EUR 802m was generated in 2016, representing an increase of 26.5%. The order backlog was EUR 1,350m and thereby up by 4.7% year-on-year. PORR Deutschland GmbH has around 2,800 staff members. It is part of the listed PORR AG, which has a workforce of around 16,000 and production output of approximately EUR 4 bn. Germany is the most important foreign market of PORR AG.
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