Flagship Norwegian bridge project progressing

Ullevaal, Footbridge, Oslo, Stadium


The last weekend in October saw the successful erection of the steel structure for the main span of the new bridge at the Ullevaal Stadium junction in Oslo, Norway. The bridge is for pedestrians and cyclists and its engineering design is done by EFLA Consulting Engineers. The mounting of the main span is a key mission in the bridge construction project, which is gaining international interest.

  • Ullevaal construction
    The main span over the Ring 3 highway was erected at the end of October.

Existing bridges at the site were built as a temporary solution 26 years ago and they are no longer fit for purpose. The new bridge replaces two bridges, across Ring 3 and the smaller Sognsveien road, which are only 2,5 m wide. This renders them unsuitable for cyclists on top of the significant pedestrian traffic on-site. The bridge replacement will greatly improve traffic safety and capacity for these user groups.

The bridge project forms a part of a larger scale upgrade of the cycling and pedestrian networks in this part of Oslo, as detailed on the website of the bridge owner The Norwegian Road Administration (in Norwegian).

A milestone

Conditions on the night of the 28th October were favourable for successful mounting operations. The erected bridge span is 37 m long, weighing about 70 tonnes. It is a steel structure, with steel having been chosen as a construction material as it allows erection in large elements with minimised need for road closures. A total of around 20 elements are to be erected; these are prefabricated in Lithuania. 

Bridge construction nearing completion

The whole of the bridge steel structure is scheduled to be in place at the end of the year. Project works will continue in the new year with laying of footways and cycle paths at ground level, landscaping and other surface works. Project completion is scheduled for the autumn of 2019.

International interest

The bridge project is reported in the latest issue of the Bridge Design And Engineering magazine.

(copyright Bridge Design & Engineering)

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