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Longest Over-Water Bridge Almost Finished

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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One of the longest bridges running over water in the world, connecting Kuwait City and a future mega-development in Subiya, Kuwait, is almost complete, according to reports.

The $3 billion Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, running 30 miles in two parts, crosses Kuwait Bay to lessen travel time between Kuwait City and Subiya. The commute around the bay used to take an hour; now, it will take less than 20 minutes.

Jaber Causeway Details

According to The Architects Newspaper, Korean company Hyundai E&C and local consortium Combined Group Contracting Company won the contract for the work in 2013. Slated to open this year, the causeway is part of a larger move to revive the Silk Road trade route, along with the Kuwait National Development Plan 2035, a plan focused on making Kuwait a financial and commercial hub for the northern Gulf.

The causeway, commissioned by the Ministry of Public Works, breaks down into two projects: the main link, which connects Kuwait City with the planned Madinat al-Hareer in Subiyah, and the Doha link connecting Doha and the Kuwait Entertainment City. Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway is named for 13th Emir of Kuwait, to honor his contribution to the development of the country.

The visual highlight of the causeway is a 1,100-foot-long span with an asymmetric cable-stayed construction. Both the main link and the Doha link are also equipped with two three-lane carriageways that also have an emergency lane and an outer edge. The overall bridge length is 30 miles, and the main span is 22 miles.

According to Dar Al Handasah, the firm hired by the Ministry of Public Works to design and supervise the construction of the causeway, the project also included viaducts, interchanges, embankments, drainage, road lighting, buildings for government and infrastructure services, and infrastructure utilities. Two 30-hectacre artificial islands—one on the northern side, the other on the southern—also provide housing for marina facilities, fueling stations, traffic emergency buildings and other structures.

A bridge on the extension of the Doha link opened in May 2018.

   

Tagged categories: AF; Bridges; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Infrastructure; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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