Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C) has announced that work on the world’s longest bridge, measuring 36.1km, is 92% complete and that it is on course to be finished in November 2019.
The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway will cross Kuwait Bay, linking Kuwait City and the Subiyah area, cutting the journey time between the two from 70 minutes to 20.
The contract for the bridge was awarded to Hyundai E&C and the local Combined Group Contracting Company in November 2013.
Some 330,000 sq m of artificial islands will be built as part of the project, in part to protect ocean wildlife by preventing the bridge from blocking the natural flow of seawater.
The asymmetric cable-stayed 340m long main bridge will use building information modelling to minimise errors.
Hyundai E&C has carried out safety testing to ensure the main bridge can withstand the region’s high temperatures and strong winds. The firm is also using drones to reduce risks and increase productivity.
Hyundai E&C notes that that the project’s relatively brief construction time was due to design and construction being undertaken in parallel.
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