Prestressed highway concrete bridge
About the project
The final bridge design has a single span of 43.5 m, with a width that varies from 78.3 m in the middle to 89.6 m at the ends. The supporting structure consists of 23 beams made of post-tensioned prestressed concrete.
The total area of the bridge is 3,800 m2. It is covered in a one-meter thick layer of soil, for which various details of insulation, drainage of the insulation surface, and transition areas were required.
Whereas most bridge traffic is in a longitudinal direction, traffic on this bridge is at a 45° angle.
In addition to the difficulty of designing the rear walls and the frame connection to the supporting structure, the biggest challenge for Jan Lamparsky was the foundation of the bridge.
The first design he looked at was a frame bridge, but this would have been very economically inefficient and technically demanding to construct. It would have made it necessary to anchor it to the substructure, requiring connectors to bind reinforcement at the corners, as well as prestressing the retaining walls and frame corners.
Despite the larger number of bearings required, this variant proved the best solution. The walls could be efficiently designed from reinforced concrete. By reducing the number of prestressing cables in the beams, it was possible to design a shallow foundation without the need to anchor it in the subsoil.
Solutions and Results
With its atypical dimensions and shapes, the bridge structure has a single span of 43.5 meters of post-tensioned prestressed concrete. The construction is expected to be completed in 2026, at a total estimated cost of around €400 million.
About AFRY CZ s.r.o
AFRY is an international engineering, design, and advisory company. The organization’s 17,000-strong team of experts provides innovative engineering and design services to its many clients (including large national investors, regions, and municipalities) across its divisions: Infrastructure, Industrial and Digital Solutions, Process Industries, Energy, and Management Consulting.
Originally operating out of Brno, Pilsen, and Prague, AFRY has grown through multiple successful mergers into the company it is today, able to offer a unique range of services, covering the areas of architecture, transport, industry, energy, buildings, and infrastructure.
With a focus on creating sustainable engineering and design solutions, the company has been awarded several significant domestic and international awards. Its emphasis on education and R&D has strengthened its relations with major universities and research centers.
AFRY won a 2021 IDEA StatiCa Excellence Award in the category of Infrastructure, Industrial & Recreational Structures for this D1 bridge proposal.
The firm won the category Infrastructure, industrial & recreational structures for this D1 highway concrete bridge in the IDEA StatiCa Excellence Awards 2021.