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Swedish Firm To Renovate Manhattan Bridge

Swedish construction giant Skanska AB has won a contract worth 138 million US dollars to help renovate New York’s famous Manhattan Bridge.

Under the terms of the deal, Skanska will refurbish and reinforce part of the suspension bridge’s structure, including steel and concrete work. It will also repave and paint the bridge and install signal systems and a fire standpipe.

Replacement of the center roadway will take place during a 12-month period while the roadway is closed to traffic. The work will start early next year and is scheduled for completion by 2008.

The Manhattan Bridge was originally completed in 1909. Two kilometers long and spanning the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan, it has two levels and seven lanes of traffic, as well as four rail tracks for the city’s subway system. About 150,000 vehicles and 220,000 subway riders cross the bridge every day.

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