subscribe to ENR magazine subscribe
contact us
careers industry jobs
events events
Dodge Data & Analytics
ENR Logo
Web access will be provided
as part of your subscription.

Global Award of Merit - Bridges, Tunnels: New Europe Bridge

Text size: A A
photos courtesy of FCC Construccin (3)
New crossing is the largest to date across the Danube.
----- Advertising -----

FCC crews labored through 8-meter fluctuations in river levels, 70° fluctuations in temperature and marine traffic carrying 13 million tons of cargo annually to build the $375.7-million, 2-kilometer-long New Europe Bridge. Now the longest Danube River crossing, the extradosed bridge not only enhances commerce between northern and southern Europe but symbolizes renewed relations between Bulgaria and Romania.

Foundations as deep as 80 m, with 2,000-millimeter-dia concrete piles, support the extradosed cable structure, which sports pylons rising 21 m above the deck. Forty-five segmental match-cast deck-girder sections, each weighing up to 250 tonnes, were placed within tolerances of 0.1 mm. The team also used specialized components, such as stay-cable saddles and duct couplers for the deck segments, to enhance ease of maintenance.

The bridge cuts 500 kilometers off the trips of trucks driving between Turkey and Greece and northern Europe, and the international participation in the project helped boost new businesses in one of the poorest regions in the Balkans. Within four months of its 2013 opening, the bridge had facilitated 176,000 vehicles, easily surpassing the original estimate of 100,000 vehicles for the first year.

Project Team

Owner: Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications

Lead Design Firms: FCC Construcción S.A., Barcelona, Spain, and Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L., Madrid

Contractor: FCC Construcción S.A.


----- Advertising -----
  Blogs: ENR Staff   Blogs: Other Voices  
Critical Path: ENR's editors and bloggers deliver their insights, opinions, cool-headed analysis and hot-headed rantings
Project Leads/Pulse

Gives readers a glimpse of who is planning and constructing some of the largest projects throughout the U.S. Much information for pulse is derived from McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge.

For more information on a project in Pulse that has a DR#, or for general information on Dodge products and services, please visit our Website at

Information is provided on construction projects in following stages in each issue of ENR: Planning, Contracts/Bids/Proposals and Bid/Proposal Dates.

View all Project Leads/Pulse »

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.