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FCC to build overpass in Romania

07/07/2006

FCC to build overpass in Romania

The city government of Bucharest (Romania) has awarded FCC, in consortium with Italian company ASTALDI, a 135 million euro contract to build the Basarab overpass, in the north-west of the city.

Measuring 1,900 metres in length, including the access ramps, the viaduct will link Titulescu Boulevard with Grozavesti Street, crossing the river Dambovita and the railway lines leading into the Gara de Nord railway station. It will also link with the Metro network at Basarab station.

In addition to the proposed solution, the consortium presented two alternative solutions which obtained the maximum technical points because of aesthetic and structural optimisation of the overpass.

The overpass will have two lanes each way for vehicles, two tram track lines, and a tram station. From the tram station, pedestrians will be able to access the street, the Metro station and the railway station. Access to the overpass will be via ramps at both ends and at intermediate junctions.

Most of the slabs used in the structure will be made of concrete, ranging from 25.50 to 42.50 metres wide, spans will range from 30 to 42 metres, and the piers will be under 10 metres high, supported by pilings to a depth of 20 metres.

The Dambovita river will be crossed with a single-span 110 metre metallic stayed bridge; there will be a section of mixed deck measuring 181 metres in three spans (53+75+53 metres) also built on pilings, which will bear the tram station and the outer roadways on both sides; the new tram station will have a semi-cylindrical tubular metallic roof with outer panels in aluminium and glass, and it will have full lighting, climate control, telecommunications and other facilities, as well as escalators and elevators for access to the other means of transport.

In northern Romania, FCC is also renewing 30 kilometres of the DN 1C road between Cluj and Livada, under a contract worth 25.3 million euro.

The project is to modernise the road, expanding it to 9 metres wide in urban areas and from 7 to 12 metres wide on interurban sections, while making minor improvements in the route, expanding structures and strengthening the surface. The project will use 175,000 tonnes of asphalt mix.