Autobahn, which manages German motorways, on Sunday announced the official opening of the first half of the A1 Rhine Bridge in Leverkusen.

The construction of the 1km bridge was completed by a consortium consisting of Hochtief, SEH Engineering, Eiffage Métal, Iemants and Max Bögl.

The new bridge over the Rhine that opened on Sunday. Credit: Autobahn.

It has three lanes in each direction, as well as a pedestrian and cycle path. Construction of the second parallel bridge will start once the old bridge has been dismantled. From 2027, the two bridges will permit four lanes of traffic in each direction.

The original contract for this bridge was cancelled in April 2020 owing to deficiencies in the steel construction that the contractor did not remedy. A new contract was awarded in February 2021, with bonuses to encourage early completion, and work resumed (link opens in new tab).