Project: The Mersey Gateway
Principal Contractor: Merseylink JV
City: nr Liverpool, UK
The Mersey Gateway is one of the largest initiatives in the UK, identified as one of the UK governments Top 40 Priority projects in the National Infrastructure Plan. In addition, it has been recognised as one of the ‘Top 100 infrastructure projects around the globe’.
It connects a six lane toll bridge over the River Mersey to the existing motorway network. Stretching over 2km the new bridge provides a much needed link between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes, relieving congestion from the ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
The Mersey Gateway Bridge includes a steel cable-stayed structure with a reinforced concrete bridge deck, supported by three towers. The supporting towers have been designed to rise between 80-125m above the river bed, spanning a distance of 1km.