Arup team to design mega suspension bridge in Norway

Arup, Aas-Jakobsen and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) have signed a contract to deliver detailed designs for Norway’s Julsundet crossing – billed to be one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

The 2,010m-long suspension bridge will have a main span of 1,625m – one metre longer than Scandinavia’s current record-holder, the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark.

The bridge will incorporate a separate lane for pedestrian, cyclists and slow moving vehicles such as mopeds, Arup said in a press release.

The work will be led by NPRA and Arup will provide engineering consultancy services.

Arup will lead on the orthotropic steel deck design and will carry out a state-of-the-art bridge fatigue analysis, applying detailed modelling and stress extraction techniques to future proof the bridge.

Jesper Jensen, Business Development Manager for Scandinavia at Arup, said: “Building on its business relationship with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Aas-Jakobsen, this project is a stepping stone towards developing other major infrastructure projects in Scandinavia.

“We are engaging our global experts to support the successful delivery of this technically challenging and ambitious design, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.”

Over the years, Arup has worked on a number of large bridge design projects across the globe, including the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in Ireland, Queensferry Crossing in United Kingdom, E39 Stord-Os framework in Norway, Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in the USA and Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong.

Image: An artist’s impression of Norway’s Julsundet crossing (Credit: Arup)


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