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The new Braila Bridge, close to the port city of Braila, is the first structure that crosses the maritime Danube in Romania, and will improve the transportation between the Galați-Braila area and Constanța, and between the Moldavian and Muntenia regions and Dobruja.
It is Romania’s longest suspension bridge with its total length of 1,974 m. Its main span measures 1,120 m, while the deck of the structure is 31.7 m wide and it offers a clearance of 38 m for shipping underneath. Both access viaducts of the bridge have a length of 110 m.
The total cost of the project including the access viaducts and a 23 km-long connecting road is estimated to be €435 million.
For the bridge’s main span mageba delivered 4 horizontally installed spherical bridge bearings, and another 8 spherical bearings that were positioned vertically as buffers.
Large modular expansion joints of types LR19 and LR23, based on mageba’s new ETA design, were supplied to accommodate the movements of the bridge deck. The maximum movement capacity of the delivered LR23 modular joint is 2.3 meters. A size that is only found in such large bridge structures.
For the approach viaducts mageba delivered 24 RESTON-SPHERICAL bearings, which were installed horizontally on both sides of the structure.
In addition, 4 TENSA-GRIP RS single gap joints, along with 2 modular joints of type LR3 and 2 of type LR5 (with a movement capacity of up to 470 mm) were also delivered.
The above mentioned products all fulfil the required longevity and fast replacement requirements for maintenance purposes.
TENSA-MODULAR LR modular expansion joints with anti-skid surfacing, TENSA-GRIP RS single gap joints, RESTON-SPHERICAL bearings
Webuild S.p.A. and IHI Infrastructure System Co., Ltd.