SMS – Strait of Messina Bridge – Sicily - Project Profile
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The Italian government through Stretto di Messina SPA (SMS) is planning to undertake the suspension bridge linking the island of Sicily to the mainland Italy across the Strait of Messina.
The project involves the construction of 3.3km suspension bridge with a deck span of 60m. It includes the construction of six traffic lanes, two driving lanes and one emergency lane in each direction, two railway tracks and two pedestrian lanes.
It includes the construction of two anchor blocks of height 382.6m. The bridge's suspension system will have two pairs of steel cables, each with a diameter of 1.24m and a total length of 5,300m. The project also includes the construction of 20.3km of road links and 19.8km of railway links to the bridge.
In 2006, the project was placed on hold due to concerns from the Italian public and resumed in 2009.
COWI A/S, Sund & Baelt A/S and Buckland & Taylor Ltd. were appointed as engineering design contractors, Parsons Transportation Group as project management consulting services contractor with a contract value of US$152 million and a consortium led by Impregilo as general contractor with 45% share in the contract.
The other members of the consortium are Spain’s Sacyr with 18.7% share, Società Italiana per Condotte D’Acqua with 15%, Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti-C.M.C. of Ravenna with 13%, Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. with 6.30% and Consorzio Stabile with 2%.
The government of Italy has pledged to finance US$1,648 million towards the construction of the project.
In November 2012, the Italian government approved two more years for Messina bridge feasibility studies. However, it was again put on hold due to economic downturn.
IN September 2015, project was resumed.
Project is facing delay due to lack of funds.
The project involves the construction of 3.3km long suspension bridge across the Strait of Messina, a narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of mainland Italy.
The US$10,119 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of single span suspension bridge with a deck of 60.4m
2. Construction of two support towers of height 382.6m
3. Construction of six traffic lanes road
4. Construction of four tracks for a high-speed railway line
5. Construction of 20.3km of road links
6. Construction of 19.8km of railway links to connect the bridge
7. Installation of two pairs of steel cables with diameter 1.24 meter and a total length between the anchor blocks of 5.3km
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