Skanska to build new $300mn bridge over the Potomac River, USA

By Daniel Brightmore
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Skanska has signed a $300mn contract with the Maryland Department of Transportation to design and build the new Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge over the Potomac River, USA. 

Skanska will be part of a joint venture with Corman Kokosing Construction Company and McLean Contracting Company replacing the existing, two-lane bridge which connects Newburg, Maryland, and Dahlgren, Virginia.

The new bridge will be replaced by a 3km (1.9 mile), four-lane structure. In addition, the project will include roadway realignment and construction of about 800m (0.5 miles) on either side of the bridge. It will also utilise an All-Electronic Tolling (AET) system. 

"It will be a dramatic improvement to the current two lane bridge and will allow for better traffic flow,” said Wade Watson, project director and vice president of operations for Skanska USA Civil. “We, alongside our joint venture partners, are honored to collaborate with the MDTA, and build an advanced bridge that will serve the community.”

The project is one of the state’s largest transportation initiatives and will improve mobility, safety and economic opportunities for southern Maryland, northeastern Virginia and the region. It will create more than 500 local job opportunities. The bridge will have a 100-year service life.

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Once the new bridge and roadway construction is complete the existing bridge will be demolished and used to create artificial reefs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Construction will begin March 2020, with the new bridge expected to open by 2023. Project completion is scheduled for December 2024. 

Skanska is one of the leading construction and development companies in USA, specialising in building construction, civil infrastructure and developing commercial properties in select U.S. markets. 

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