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Work to widen the Rodenkirchen suspension bridge over the Rhine in western Germany reaches a critical stage as the steel deck is completed. British contractor Cleveland Structural Engineering is working in consortium with Strabag-Bau and Thyssen Engineering from Germany to add three lanes to the 40-year-old bridge. It is the first time a suspension bridge has been widened by adding a third cable. The £67 million project, which is due for completion in October 1994, was commissioned by the local highways department as part of a scheme to increase the capacity of the Cologne ring road. In the next stage the contractor will move the traffic on to the new 375m-long span while the existing concrete deck is removed and replaced with steel. Temporary hinged connections join the new deck to the existing structure. They will be permanently fixed to each other when the widening is complete. CONSTRUCTION NEWS