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Maccaferri key provider for top-priority project in Mersey

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The Mersey river project, encompassing a six-lane, 2.3 km bridge, is one of the government’s priority infrastructures. It will be completed within fall 2017.

Maccaferri UK has had a key input into a project in Mersey which is one of the UKs largest infrastructure initiatives. The project started in 2014 and is still ongoing.

When it’ll be finished, in fall 2017, a new six-lane bridge will open and cross the Mersey river between Runcorn and Widnes. This will be a key achievement in the local infrastructural and road scenario, as congested traffic will decrease and ease of circulation restored.

The project also encompasses the building of a 9.2 Km road network, which will connect the new bridge to the main motorway. The bridge will be 2.3 Km long, passing over a 1 Km large river. The main deck will be made from reinforced concrete, while steel cables, departing from 80-125 meters pylons, will support the structure. The whole infrastructure is one of the largest ones currently going on in the UK, and is one of the government’s top-40 priority projects. This is why Maccaferri is proud to be a key provider of top products in order to make this crucial infrastructure safer, reliable and long-lasting.

Maccaferri provided ultra-high strength geo grid Paralink for the Mersey Gateway plan. Paralink geogrid was chosen for basal reinforcement under embankments over a very poor standard of ground. Maccaferri UK engineer Paul Keegan worked closely with JV designers – Aecom – to match the strength required for this poor ground using the BBA certification and following design code BS8006.

Halton Borough Council plus neighbouring authorities had long awaited to construct a second road crossing over the Mersey.

The Mersey Gateway website shows their great logo with underlining slogan ‘A bridge to prosperity’ and has showcases a wrath of information about this large scale, beneficial project which can be accessed here.

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