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Contract for large-scale A8 Enz Valley crossing motorway project

Press release   •   Aug 09, 2021 11:02 CEST

The STRABAG Group has been commissioned to widen the A8 motorway in the Enz Valley near Pforzheim to six lanes, upgrade several grade-separated crossings and build a 380 m noise protection enclosure. Copyright: Autobahn GmbH Niederlassung Südwest
  • STRABAG GmbH, Ed. Züblin AG and Züblin Spezialtiefbau GmbH working together to realise 4.8 km six-lane expansion of A8 motorway near Pforzheim
  • Large-scale contract includes construction of six bridges and 380 m long noise protection enclosure
  • Work to start in September

Vienna, 6 August 2021 The STRABAG Group has been awarded a new large-scale contract in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg. Germany’s federal motorway company, Autobahn GmbH des Bundes, has awarded to STRABAG the contract for the six-lane expansion of the A8 motorway in the Enz Valley near Pforzheim. The contract for the complex infrastructure project on the main corridor between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart is worth more than € 100 million. In addition to the widening of a 4.8 km long section of motorway between the Pforzheim-Nord and Pforzheim-Süd interchanges, the project also includes the construction of a total of six bridges and underpasses as well as the realisation of extensive noise protection measures. Three German subsidiaries of STRABAG SE will be implementing the project as a team, with lead contractor STRABAG GmbH supported in its work by teams from Ed. Züblin AG and Züblin Spezialtiefbau GmbH. Construction will start in September. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2026 after about five years of work.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for this challenging motorway project in Germany and are proud of the faith this demonstrates in the performance of our corporate entities in the field of infrastructure construction,” says Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE.

Upgrade of Pforzheim-Ost interchange

The Enz Valley crossing is one of two remaining sections of the A8 motorway in Baden-Württemberg that remains to be widened from four to six lanes. In addition to the 4.8 km long expansion, the works also include the widening of the B10 to four lanes at the Pforzheim-Ost interchange, the upgrade of that interchange with improved on- and off-ramps, the replacement of several grade-separated crossings, the replacement of the bridge over the river Enz, the construction of a 380 m long noise protection enclosure and additional noise protection walls, the sealing of the new roadway, and the collection and purification of all surface water in two stormwater reservoirs. The project also includes the extension and modernisation of the Pforzheim-Süd rest area with new toilet facilities and additional parking spaces.

Further details and a video rendering of the project can be found on the project page of Autobahn GmbH.

Facts & Figures

STRABAG COMPANY:

STRABAG GmbH, Stuttgart

CONTRACT VALUE:

More than € 100 million

STRABAG SHARE:

100 %

UNITS INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION:

STRABAG GmbH

Ed. Züblin AG, Subdivision Karlsruhe

Züblin Spezialtiefbau GmbH

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

9/21–10/26

ORDER BACKLOG:

Q3/21

SEGMENT:

North + West

CLIENT:

Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes, Southwest Office

STRABAG SE is a European-based technology partner for construction services, a leader in innovation and financial strength. Our services span all areas of the construction industry and cover the entire construction value chain. We create added value for our clients by our specialised entities integrating the most diverse services and assuming responsibility for them. We bring together people, materials and machinery at the right place and at the right time in order to realise even complex construction projects – on schedule, of the highest quality and at the best price. The hard work and dedication of our more than 75,000 employees allow us to generate an annual output volume of around € 16 billion. At the same time, a dense network of numerous subsidiaries in many European countries and on other continents is helping to expand our area of operation far beyond the borders of Austria and Germany. More information is available at www.strabag.com.

Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual output of around € 4 billion, is one of Germany’s largest construction companies. Since its foundation in 1898, ZÜBLIN has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and today is the STRABAG Group’s leading brand for building construction and civil engineering. The company’s range of services covers all construction-related tasks – from complex turnkey construction, civil engineering and tunnelling to construction logistics, structural maintenance, ground engineering and timber or steel construction. In recent years, ZÜBLIN has been promoting the topics of digitalisation, LEAN.Construction and sustainability and – supported by the many years of experience of its Zentrale Technik competence centre – is also increasingly offering integrated design and construction from a single source as a general planner. When it comes to partnering, ZÜBLIN has set new standards with its teamconcept partnering model, which has proven its worth on the market for more than 25 years. Current construction projects of the company, a subsidiary of globally operating STRABAG SE, include the EDGE East Side Berlin high-rise project, the Rinsdorf and Rälsbach viaducts on the A45 motorway and the Boyneburg Tunnel on the A44. More information is available at www.zueblin.de.