As Denmark concludes work on the $3.9 billion Great Belt crossing that connects its two main islands, it is gearing up to build the Oresund fixed link between Denmark and Sweden. The $2.4 billion project includes a 3.7-km-long tube tunnel that begins on the Danish coast on an artificial peninsula and emerges onto a 3.9-km-long reclaimed island, where a viaduct will segregate road and rail traffic between top and bottom decks of a 7.8-km-long bridge into Sweden. This article compares the Great Belt and Oresund megaprojects, examining design, construction, cost, and labor relations. A significant difference in the two megaprojects that has already translated into savings for the Oresund crossing is its design-build strategy, which has allowed contractors the creativity to optimize construction methods. Also, project leaders for Oresund hope to curtail claims by contractors through closer ties with contractors and a disputes resolution procedure.

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  • Authors:
    • Reina, P
  • Publication Date: 1996-5-13


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-28
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 236
    • Issue Number: 19
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 00729994
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1997 12:00AM