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03 August 2015

Mott MacDonald to design highway improvements, Czech Republic

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic to design new sections of the R35 and R55 expressways.

R35 connects the Bohemia and Moravia regions and runs parallel to the D1 motorway, the longest in the country. Mott MacDonald will design a new 5.8km section of the expressway, including three bridges, two interchanges, two roundabouts, four overpasses and one railway viaduct. One watercourse will also be relocated as part of the scheme.

The consultancy will also design 5.3km of new road for the R55 expressway, which links the city of Olomouc with the town of Breclav. Works will comprise seven bridges, two overpasses, a railway bridge, 15 retaining walls and six noise barriers, as well as the relocation of a bus stop.

Jan Semerad, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Our duties will include preparing the planning permit documentation for everything from preliminary designs for highways, bridges, retaining walls and drainage, to noise and dispersion studies and environment impact assessments.”

“These projects continue our substantial involvement in modernising the Czech Republic’s motorway network, as Mott MacDonald is also leading a joint venture that was recently appointed to modernise section 10 of the D1 motorway,” Jan added.

Mott MacDonald’s designs are due to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

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