Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2019, with completion anticipated by 2021.
The bridges are needed to replace the two ageing crossings that have connected L. F. Wade International Airport with capital city Hamilton to the west and the town of St. Georges to the east for over 50 years. In December 2017, Ramboll (lead consultant), Knight Architects and Eadon Consulting won the contract to deliver full design services for the two replacement bridges. The feasibility options were submitted to the Government of Bermuda in summer 2018, and on 26th September the project team’s designs were approved by the Government.
Swing Bridge, which currently joins St George’s Harbour with the west of the island is a critical link for both motor vehicles and marine traffic, and will be replaced by a bascule bridge with a distinctive curved soffit, providing a 22m clear channel for shipping access to St George’s harbour. The replacement Longbird bridge will be a 54m fixed twin arch bridge. Each will allow two lanes of traffic with separated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians. In both cases the existing strategic crossings will remain fully operational while the new structures are completed.