ViA6West consortium wins German highway contract

WCN Editorial Team 25 Oct 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The ViA6West consortium has won a contract to plan, finance, build, operate and maintain the A6 federal highway extension between Wiesloch and Weinsberg in Germany.

The scope of the project will include the widening of the A6 section over a distance of 25.5km to six lanes and the revamp of the 1.3km Neckartal Bridge between Heilbronn/Untereisesheim and Neckarsulm.

The project also involves the operation and maintenance of the A6 over a total distance of 47.2km.

The overall project is expected to cost €1.3bn (£1.16bn), €600M of which will be spent in the construction work.

Upon completion, the consortium will operate and maintain the full section of highway until 2046. Financial closure is expected in December 2016.

Hochtief CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “We are delighted that the federal government is entering into another public-private partnership with us in the area of federal highways.”

Construction on the project is set to commence at the start of 2017 with completion expected in mid-2022.

ViA6West is a joint venture of Hochtief PPP Solutions, DIF Infrastructure IV and Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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