The act passed by the Danish Parliament authorising construction of the 18 km long Great Belt Link stipulated that there be no environmental impact on the Baltic Sea after completion of construction, the so-called "Zero-solution". A similar requirement was made for the Oresund Link between Denmark and Sweden. For the Oresund Link it was further stipulated that any environmental impact in clearly defined zones surrounding the site should be minimized. This article briefly describes the measures taken to meet these requirements. Construction on the Great Belt Link began in 1988 and will continue into 1998; the Oresund Link was begun in 1991 and will be completed in the year 2000. In both cases, there have been significant reductions in the scale of marine earthworks, sharply reducing sediment and nutrient spillage. Sediment spillage has been further reduced by the use of sedimentation basins. These actions have resulted in a dramatic reduction to the environmental impact that would have otherwise accompanied such large projects.

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    International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

    ETH-Honggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15
    Zurich 8093,   Switzerland  CH-8093
  • Authors:
    • POULSEN, K M
  • Publication Date: 1995-11


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  • Pagination: p. 221-2
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  • Accession Number: 00720891
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM