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Skanska installs biggest bridge structure to date [WATCH]

by Liam Turner
Skanska lifting a bridge into place on the M42

Skanska has installed a 92-tonne footbridge as part of its £282m upgrade to the M42 Junction 6 for National Highways.

Skanska installed the bridge – the biggest such structure it has built to date – during a night-time operation across Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May.

The 60-metre bridge was lowered into position above the A45 in Solihull, West Midlands, an operation that involved two telescopic cranes and a team of 30 people.

The team plans to finish the ramp steelwork, back-of-wall drainage, and lighting before the bridge opens to the public later this year.

Commenting on the development, Skanska project director Chris Good said: “Since the project started more than 18 months ago, we have been working towards delivering this critical piece of infrastructure.

“It has involved an incredible amount of design, planning, and logistics management, and we’re delighted to have completed it successfully, safely, and on schedule.”

The bridge will allow people to walk and cycle over the A45 between Clock Interchange Island and Junction 6 of the M42 near the Arden Hotel in Solihull.

The junction expansion project seeks to improve access to HS2, the National Exhibition Centre, and Birmingham Airport.

The bridge was designed by Mott MacDonald and manufactured by Skanska’s fabrications business in Doncaster.

Image credit: Skanska

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