The slab of the bridge’s middle segment was cast on 29 January 2024 completing the joining of the crossing. The cable-stayed structure comprises 89 segments and each new segment involved 150 processes. The bridge was constructed following the cantilever method. Construction was carried out with four formwork travellers designed by Peri.

The 946m-long bridge is the largest extradosed structure in Hungary and the country’s 20th bridge across the Danube River.

The Hungarian Ministry of Construction and Transport commissioned the bridge to connect the towns of Kalocsa and Paks approximately 120km south of Budapest. The bridge is expected to reduce the travel time between both towns and the M6 highway from 55 minutes to approximately 15 minutes.

The bridge was designed by CEH and is being constructed by Duna Aszfalt.

The budget for the crossing and related roadworks has been estimated to cost US$269.7 million (€248.6 million).

Construction on the project began in February 2021 and is expected to conclude summer 2024. Once complete, the bridge will carry one lane of traffic in each direction and a bidirectional cycle path on each side.  

You can read more about the project in Bd&e Issue 114.