Vidin-Calafat Bridge

Country: Bulgaria-Romania
Type: Bridge/Railway

The Vidin-Calafat Bridge (also known as Danube Bridge 2) is a road and railway bridge linking the cities of Calafat (Romania) and Vidin (Bulgaria). This bridge is of key significance not only for the development of the Pan-European Transport Corridor ІV but also for the entire South-East European Transport Axis and the Trans-European Transport network.

The bridge will have a significant impact on the development of the region as, on average, about 980 jobs are due to be created, with around €60 million being directly invested in the local and regional economy.

On the Bulgarian side, the road and railway bridge will include four traffic lanes, one single railway track, a bicycle lane and two pavements for pedestrians and services. In addition, a new freight railway station, 7 km of new railway line as well as 7 new two-level road junctions will be built, and an existing passenger station will be rebuilt.

On the Romanian side, the project includes the construction of 5 km of new railway line, 5 km of road and a terminal station for joint border control and automobile transport toll charging. CEM III/A 42,5 N was chosen as it has lower heat of hydration compared to ordinary Portland cement and an increased resistance to aggressive environments especially with high sulfate content. The applied concrete has a very low permeability, high density and strength.

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Tags: employment, local, economy

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