On Wednesday 31 August, a unanimous city council decided to release DKK three million for preparatory work on a new bridge across the motorway by Padborg. The money comes from the pool of DKK 25 million allocated to the project, which will serve state as well as local interests.
‘We need a new motorway bridge in the Padborg area. The motorway can become a barrier for companies and workers interested in using the area west of the motorway, which is seeing a lot of activity these years. A new bridge can help make sure the two areas remain interconnected, benefitting companies interested in building and using their own facilities as well as shared services in the area. At the same time, the bridge can help prompt more companies to choose a location north of the border’.
So said Mayor of Aabenraa Jan Riber Jakobsen, who met with the city council last Wednesday and decided to release DKK three million for preparatory work on the new Padborg bridge.
More specifically, the DKK three million shall ensure continued progress and result in a greater level of detail based on technical analyses. The money shall also pay for technical consulting and preliminary analyses in the area. Together with the Danish Road Directorate, Aabenraa Municipality has identified the analyses and reports required for the project to be approved.
‘We have allocated a total of DKK 25 million for the motorway bridge. We are now releasing DKK three million, and we have previously released DKK one million for preparatory activities. This shows that we are dedicated to the project, and that the municipality is willing to pay its share. The motorway bridge also serves state interests, and we therefore very much hope that the state will pay its half-share of the project’, says Jan Riber Jakobsen and elaborates:
‘The lack of interconnection in this area costs time, money and competitiveness. At the same time, the bridge will reduce the environmental impact. We therefore need to get on with building this bridge, which will improve the infrastructure in the area, get you faster from A to B, create more jobs and make sure companies continue to choose a location north of the border’.
Mayor of Aabenraa Jan Riber Jakobsen, +45 29 32 25 30, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Consultant with Aabenraa Municipality Kasper Stoof, +45 73 76 72 90, email@example.com