Arup-led team designs Scandinavia’s longest suspension bridge

A team made up of British consulting engineer Arup, Norwegian civil engineer Aas-Jakobsen and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has won a contract to design Norway’s Julsundet crossing, expected to be one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

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

The bridge will contain separate lanes for pedestrians, cyclists and slow-moving vehicles such as mopeds.

NPRA and Arup will provide engineering consultancy services, with Arup leading the design of the steel deck and carrying out bridge fatigue analysis and detailed modelling.

The Julsundet crossing will be part of the E39 Ålesund-to-Molde upgrade programme, which aims to create a ferry-free coastal highway in Norway.

Jesper Jensen, Arup’s Scandinavian business development manager, said: “Building on our business relationship with the NPRA and Aas-Jakobsen, this project is a stepping stone towards developing other major infrastructure projects in Scandinavia.”

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