On 16th June 2011 the Discovery Science channel broadcasted a documentary on their “Extreme Engineering” show about the works for the construction of a new bridge over the Sava River in Belgrade, Serbia. Upon completion, the bridge will be the widest mixed use (highway and rail) asymmetric stay cable bridge in the world.
The City of Belgrade is proceeding successfully with the construction of one the largest cable-stayed bridges in the world. This ambitious project will provide the City of Belgrade with not only a highly needed additional crossing over the River Sava, but will also be a landmark structure symbolizing the regeneration and dynamism of the city in the new millennium.
The new bridge is a cable stayed construction, with a single 200 metre high pylon located on the tip of Ada Ciganlija Island. In addition to a six lane highway, the 45 metre wide bridge has also been designed to carry a double track rail line, to connect into the proposed Belgrade light rail system. The bridge deck will also carry two paths for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. The project also includes construction of approaches and major interchanges on each side of the river.
The City of Belgrade has engaged Louis Berger in the role of Project Manager and Engineer (PME) under a €13 million services contract extending over seven years. Services provided cover project preparation, procurement, supervision of all four major works contracts for the bridge and approaches, support during the two year post contract period and for project close-out. The bridge shall open to traffic on 31st December 2011 and the contract will end in May 2012