Smart Upgrades

The UK is currently in the process of upgrading the existing motorway network to incorporate smart technologies into the system. These upgrades are aimed at increasing traffic flow, managing incidents and providing more reliable journey durations at times of peak use.

Modification to Bridges

The M4 is a primary route connecting London to the southwest of the county, and the project to upgrade Junctions 3 to 12 to a Smart Motorway included widening areas of the road as well as introducing the management features to improve the flow of an estimated 130,000 vehicles per day. At a cost of £850m ($1.1B), the project included installation of a number of replacement bridge structures and widening of the large Thames Bray Bridge that carries the road over the river.

Bridges & Highways

Sword Partners with EFCO

EFCO UK have been supplying a combination of PLATE GIRDER®, SUPER STUD® and E- BEAM® components to Sword Contracts to complete the construction and modification of the new bridges at Marsh Lane, Ascot Road, Monkey Island, Recreation Ground Road, Datchet Road and Thames Bray.

Bases, abutments, piers, wing walls and parapets have all been formed utilizing the versatile EFCO systems. The project is on schedule to be complete early in 2022, helping to minimize disruption on this critical piece of national infrastructure. ◊

It is a testament to the strength of the Sword/EFCO partnership that despite the bulk of this project occurring during the height of a national lockdown, we were able to deliver designs, solutions and on-site operations to the challenging schedule. The project will be completed ahead of time and to the highest standard.

Jimmy Goodwin
Contract Manager

Monkey Island Bridge
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Thames Bray Bridge
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Datchet Road Bridge
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Datchet Road Bridge
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Ascot Road Bridge
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Thames Bray Bridge
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Marsh Lane Bridge
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