A consortium of construction companies and steel manufacturers has taken on a contract to deliver the second of two road bridges over the Rhine at Leverkusen as part of Germany’s drive to improve its bridges.

The old bridge at Leverkusen alongside the first of two new bridges.

The Rhineland branch of Autobahn, which manages German motorways, awarded the US$384 million contract for the second cable-stayed bridge to a consortium, consisting of SEH, Max Boegl, Plauen Stahl Technologie, Zwickauer Sonderstahlbau and Hochtief Infrastructure.

The crews working on the first bridge, which has been under construction since 2017, took delivery of the final steel components and are set to complete the structure at the end of this year.

Work will start on the second bridge this month, with a completion date of late 2027.

The parallel bridges replace an older structure which was found to be in a critical structural condition in 2012. The new bridges will have a total of eight lanes for vehicles (four in each direction) and there will be a cycle path and footpath on each side.