First sod for tunnel in Copenhagen

The new Nordhavn tunnel will be an extension of the existing Nordhavn road tunnel and will create better and more direct access to the urban development areas in inner and outer Nordhavn in Copenhagen. The project is now so advanced that Transport Minister Thomas Danielsen, Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Copenhagen Municipality, and CEO Anne Skovbro of City & Harbor could break the first sod for the tunnel on Thursday 11 May 2023.

A milestone
The breaking of the sod is a milestone for the project and was celebrated at an event at the construction site in Nordhavn, where around 100 people took part in the marking.

The tunnel construction itself can soon begin in earnest, as virtually all the preliminary work has been completed.

– With the extension of the Nordhavn road tunnel, it will be easier for residents and commuters to get to and from Nordhavn, and the tunnel will also move the heavy traffic away from the streets of Østerbro. At the same time, the tunnel is future-proofed in relation to future infrastructure decisions, as the tunnel has been prepared for if we decide to build an Eastern Ring Road, says Transport Minister Thomas Danielsen (V) in a press release.

In Copenhagen Municipality, which will take over the tunnel when it is finished, there is great satisfaction that the project is now underway.

Ties new district together
– The Nordhavn tunnel will be a huge plus for the people of Copenhagen and for the development of Nordhavn as an even larger district with many thousands of residents and workplaces. It ensures that we get the new district tied together with the rest of the city, just as it removes large parts of the heavy traffic from Østerbro’s streets. Last but not least, the tunnel paves the way for the upcoming Eastern Ring Road, which will relieve traffic in the center and make the air cleaner for Copenhageners, says Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (S).

Even easier transport
Right from the start, there has been close cooperation between the Road Directorate and City & Harbour

– With the next stage of the Nordhavn tunnel, the development of the area enters a completely new period. The first phases of the metro and cycle paths are already functioning well in Nordhavn. With this tunnel, road transport will be even easier, for example for trucks to the future container terminal and Unicef’s global warehouse, and of course not least for the many residents and workplaces that are already here and the many that will come in the future, says CEO Anne Skovbro from By & Harbor.

Facts about the Nordhavn tunnel

The Nordhavnstunnelen will be a 1.4 kilometer long tunnel, which will create more direct access to the urban development areas in outer and inner Nordhavn. Access to the port activities in the area will also be improved and a large part of the heavy traffic will be moved away from the rest of the road network on Østerbro.

The Road Directorate is constructing the Nordhavn Tunnel in collaboration with Copenhagen Municipality and City & Port.

BESIX – MT Højgaard JV is the contractor on the task.