The European Commissioner for Regional Policy , Johannes Hahn, said during today’s visit of the second bridge over the Danube that the joining of “The Danube Bridge” between Vidin and Calafat happened two months earlier than planned, and added that “the construction of the bridge is a strong signal to Europe by the youngest member-states.”
Mr. Hahn, together with the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania went on foot to inspect the connected trans-border road and railway facility.
“This is one of the most important Projects which Brussels supports” – said the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.
The Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and the other guests, gave special thanks to the Constructor – FCC Construccion for the completed works on the Project.
The official guests and the accompanying delegations were welcomed by the Hon. Jose Luis Tapia, Ambassador of Spain in Bulgaria, by Jose Mayor Oreja – President of FCC Construccion and by the Contractor’s Managing Team of the Project.
Technologically, the bridge structure has been constructed using the method of the cantilever installation, which is done for the first time in Bulgaria, combined with the cable stays.
Three hundred segments of width 2.15 m and weight of about 120 tons form the bridge construction in the non-navigable channel of the river and 162 bigger segments of width 4.18 m and weight of about 250 tons – in the navigable channel of the Danube. All of these were produced in the production plant of FCC Construccion, situated in the Free Zone – Vidin.
The bridge has three parts – one section in the non-navigable channel of the river with 80 m spans, another in the navigable channel of the river with 180 m spans and an approach elevated track with 40 m spans with a total length of 1791 m.
Under the superstructure of the bridge in the non-navigable channel of the Danube are constructed eight piers of height from 3 to 20 meters – depending on the terrain and the slant of the bridge itself. Under each of these piers there are 7 piles with diameters of 2 m, at a depth of up to 60 meters.
In the navigable channel of the river there are four piers erected, with height from 39 to 45 m.
Under each of them there are 24 cast in-situ piles with a diameter of 2 m at a depth of up to 80 meters.
Until the final connection of the bridge between the Bulgarian and Romanian bank there remain to be cast only the in-situ connections, after precise geodesic measurements.
The erection of the approach embankments to the bridge and the transitional structure from the elevated approach track to the bridge are still going on..