Damaged by a ship
The bridge was last done up in the late eighties, but major reconstruction has been planned since 2002, so the planners and workers had plenty to do. The bridge was primarily damaged by dirt and moisture at the thermal expansion joints and along the edges of the worn out reinforced concrete road surface. At these points, a large amount of precipitation and salty snow had leaked into the bridge structure in recent decades, causing the elements around it to rust quite badly. When parts started being removed it turned out that it was not only rust that had to be managed: a part of the support structure was bent out of shape after being hit by a ship.