Driving and safety on the bridge

One of our key aims is to ensure that crossing the Storebælt Bridge is just as safe as driving on any other motorway in Denmark.

Wind, weather and traffic conditions on Storebælt, however, differ from those of other motorways. This imposes demands on us as the organisation responsible for operating and maintaining the bridge as well as on our customers.

24 hours per day, 365 days per year

Under normal conditions, the Storebælt Bridge is open for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Since, for the most part, the wind blows from the west and the bridge lies in an east-west direction, high winds rarely present a problem.

Wind-sensitive vehicles are most vulnerable

Should you find yourself exposed to high winds on the bridge, your vehicle’s wind sensitivity is crucial. Large vehicles, of course, are more exposed to high winds than small vehicles. An empty lorry, for instance, is far more wind-sensitive than a passenger car. Providing the recommended speed limit is observed, a passenger car will almost always be able to drive across the bridge.

Passenger cars with trailers or caravans are far more sensitive to wind than normal passenger cars.

Examples of wind-sensitive vehicles

  • Cars towing caravans
  • Cars towing trailers
  • Lorries with light loads, e.g. insulation
  • Empty, light lorries
  • Buses
  • Vans

This list is not complete and we must point out that crossing the bridge is undertaken at your own risk.

When you can’t drive across the bridge

If you are prevented from driving across the bridge, e.g. because of high winds, there are waiting areas on both sides of the bridge.

  • On Funen, you can pull in at the Monarch service station at exit 44
  • On Zealand, you can pull in at the Q8 service station at exit 43

Information will be made available on both sides as to when you can cross the bridge again.

Safety rules at times of high winds at Storebælt

Wind (north/south) Information on Storebælt Bridge
High winds (10 m/sec) (22 mph) Yellow flashing lights, signs and wind cones on the bridge warn wind-sensitive vehicles of side winds.
Strong breeze (15 m/sec) (33 mph) Wind-sensitive vehicles (caravans and light commercial vehicles) are warned of temporary closures ahead of the last exit before the bridge. Recommended speed for other vehicles, max. 80 km/hour.
Fresh gale (20 m/sec) (45 mph) Wind-sensitive vehicles (caravans and light commercial vehicles) are warned of temporary closures ahead of the last exit before the bridge. Recommended speed for other vehicles, max. 50 km/hour.
Gale (25 m/sec) (56 mph) The bridge is closed to all traffic with barriers. Signs warn of the closure and expected time of reopening ahead of the last exit before the bridge.

Toll station

The lanes at the toll station are marked in different colours to make it easier to select the correct lane.

Facts and history

The 18 km long fixed link across Storebælt comprises two bridges and a tunnel.