Two of the three bridges that were supposed to make the Copenhagen more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians are facing further delays and aren't expected to be finished before the end of this year.
It is the third time that the two bridges – Trangravsbroen (over Trangraven Canal on Christianshavn) and Proviantbroen (over Freriksholm Canal) – have been delayed following the bankruptcy of contractors Pihl & Søn last August.
According to the City Council, the city has been unable to come to terms with the bankrupted steel producer VBS about the price and quality of the two nearly finished steel bridge frames.
Ready by 2015
The silver lining is that Inderhavnsbroen, the bicycle/pedestrian bridge that stretches unfinished across the inner harbour between Nyhavn and Christianshavn, is not affected by the steel issue and is expected to be ready for use by the end of 2014.
The council was unable to predict how much the delays would cost until they find a new contractor to replace the shuttered Pihl & Søn and a new steel producer for the projects.
Originally, Inderhavnsbroen, Trangravsbroen and Proviantbroen were due to open for the public in February 2013.
Another bridge, another delay
In related news, Cykelslangen – the bicycle bridge that is being built behind Fisketorvet shopping centre next to Dybbølsbro Station – is also facing additional delays.
The contractor MT Højgaard said that the steel frame arriving from China has been delayed by a month, although the bridge was actually planned to be completed by the end of 2012.
According to MT Højgaard, the considerable delays are down to inadequate preparatory design drawings that the City Council received from Rambøll engineering firm. As a result, the contractor believes that the council should be held responsible for any costs incurred by the delays.
But the council disagrees and the project could end up in an arbitration suit if the two parties are unable to reach a settlement.