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Öresund Bridge to get a huge new paint job
« on: August 02, 2016, 01:05:17 PM »

TheLocal.SE: Öresund Bridge to get a huge new paint job

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Sweden and Denmark's most famous bridge is about to get a major paint job, and the challenging undertaking will require almost a decade and a half to finish.

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The Öresund crossing between Copenhagen and Malmö opened in July 2000, and has since become an international icon thanks to the success of joint Swedish-Danish TV show The Bridge, which sees detectives from both countries team up to solve murders on either side of the crossing.

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Now, after 16 years of coping with intensive use as well as the unforgiving Scandinavian weather, the structure’s steel truss needs to be repainted for its protection.

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In total, 300,000 square metres will be given two new layers of colour to combat corrosion, and the mammoth project is no quick job. Work on the eight-kilometre-long bridge section of the crossing is expected to start in 2019, and won’t be finished until 2032.
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Re: Öresund Bridge to get a huge new paint job
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 01:37:09 PM »

The truss structure is below the road deck, you won't see anything of it from a car perspective. The train runs through it.

The weather near Malmö / Copenhagen is not that unforgiving. The average low in January is -1 °C / 30 °F. Sea salt is probably more of an issue.

I'm surprised it will take 13 years to complete though. That's longer than it took to construct the original project.

There is an interesting weather phenomenon when crossing the Öresund Bridge. The weather often becomes clearer when driving towards Malmö. The city indeed has 100 more hours of annual sunshine than Copenhagen on the other side, but interestingly enough Malmö has a 20% higher annual precipitation.

 


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