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© Kasper Dudzik
© Courtesy of Trafikverket
© Kasper Dudzik
© Kasper Dudzik
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Kasper Dudzik
© Courtesy of ISC Consulting Engineers
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Torbjörn Bergkvist
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Courtesy of Max Bögl
© Torbjörn Bergkvist
The new highway bridge gently curves across the bay along Sweden‘s eastern coast, roughly 400 km north of Stockholm. It belongs to the expansion project of the European route E3 and closes a gap between Stockholm and the border to Finland. The decades-old goal was to improve capacity, security and environmental sustainability of the road section in ­order to relieve pressure on the inner city of Sundsvall.

In 1995 an important step was taken by initiating an open competition that was won by the project group KRAM and their proposal »Dubbelkrum«. In 2009, following an EU-wide prequalification, the client commissioned a group of contractors and engineers with the turnkey delivery of the entire bridge project. The design relates to the city as well as the surrounding hilly landscape. Despite its tremendous dimensions and a length of 1420 m the bridge doesn‘t seem to dominate its surrounding. Instead, similar to a dialogue with the environment, it defines the bay as a new urban space. Reminiscent of a delicate uninterrupted line it connects the coastal ­areas and describes a curve both in plan and elevation.