This is the first of several openings along a 12.6 km route that will bring three of the project’s sections into operation: the D4-1, the D4-2, and the R7-1. This way, the entire highway will be open to traffic in the coming days.
The inauguration includes the bridge over the Kayak canal and the Danube River. This unique structure measures 3 km long and has a single 35m-wide deck that has two lanes in each direction, as well as a bike lane and a pedestrian walkway. After these two openings, only the sections under the junction with the D1 Motorway will remain; they’re expected to go into operation during the month of October.
In construction on this section, complex construction methods were used, such as two slip forming pieces with a 2,600-ton capacity and 140 m long for the steel jacketing, three mobile formworks measuring 20 m long for the wings, and four successive cantilever systems in the main spans.
Last stage of the project’s execution
“In expressing my appreciation, I want to be sure to mention everyone whose efforts have made this opening possible, from our colleagues in Development who started working on this bid six years ago, to everyone who has worked from different locations to help in implementation in this country and give us support in the most difficult times. Thanks to everyone at Ferrovial Construction who, through their work, made it possible to carry out a project that highlights all of the technical capabilities at our disposal,” Jaime Plaón Lamela Pascua, CEO of the D4R7 Motorway, remarked.
Today’s act was of particular significance because it is the last stage in the project’s execution; the remaining sections will be open shortly, and with them, 100% of the highway will be open to traffic. This iconic project includes the monumental bridge over the great Danube River.” I want to thank everyone who, over the course of more than five years, has done their part to reach this achievement by working on the project, both in Slovakia and in Spain. Without their participation, finishing this project wouldn’t have been possible,” said Jorge Sanz Bravo, Country Manager at Ferrovial Construction.
Representatives of the Ministry of Transportation, the Spanish ambassador to Slovakia, heads of Ferrovial Construction and Cintra, and the banking entities that financed the project were in attendance at the inaugural ceremony. After cutting the ribbon across the Danube Bridge, the remaining sections are expected to open over the next few weeks.