AECOM has helped restore an historic rail bridge crossing the valley of the River Neisse at the Poland-Germany border. The bridge, originally built in 1847, has recently re-opened following repairs and improvements delivered by AECOM.

Modernising the asset involved removing the rails and the ballast, which is the solid floor of the bridge. New tracks were laid on the bridge, along with new traffic control devices and lighting. In addition, AECOM introduced a new drainage system to reduce the risk of contamination in the surrounding water and land.

AECOM delivered services including geological research and construction design, taking the historic significance of the bridge into account. AECOM also developed tender documents for its client Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) SA, a government agency in Poland responsible for maintaining and modernising the national rail network, to help it appoint a contractor.

With a length of 470m, the bridge runs between Zgorzelec in Poland and Görlitz in Germany. It is part of one of the 10 Pan-European Transport Corridors, a huge transport network that encompasses rail, road and waterway routes across EU member states.