The Great Belt Bridge is an important traffic connection between Danish islands Zealand and Funen. It is also known as the Great Belt Fixed Link. It is made of a suspension bridge, railroad tunnel and a box girder bridge. The waters between the Danish islands are known as the Great Belt.
The East Bridge is 6,790 meters long and connects Zealand and Sprogø. It consists of a sub-structure and a superstructure. The sub-structure is made of concrete and comprises pylons, bridge piers, abutments etc. and the steel superstructure comprises bridge spans and cables.
Quick Facts: –
- The West Bridge is a low-level combined road and railway bridge that connects the islands of Sprogø and Fyn.
- The elements for the West Bridge were towed out to the bridge alignment by the floating crane, Svanen.
- The East Bridge was built between 1991 and 1998 and West Bridge was built between 1988 and 1994.
- The passage height for the East Bridge is 65 meters and for the West Bridge is 18 meters.
- Before the link was opened, some 8,000 cars used ferries daily to cross the Great Belt.
- The East Tunnel for Rail traffic is 8,024 meters long. It was built between 1988 and 1996.
- The construction costs for the entire project totalled DKK 21.4 billion in 1988 prices.
- The fixed link across the Great Belt is 18 kilometers long. It connects Eastern and Western Denmark.
- Before the Great Belt Bridge was opened, a car took 90 minutes to cross the Great Belt using a ferry but now it takes only 10-15 minutes.