World’s Longest Bridge in Kuwait Set to be Completed in 2019

With the government’s focus on Kuwait’s manpower as of late, other developments such as infrastructure projects under the current administration’s watch don’t get as much media attention as do most of the new policies being implemented in the city.

However, coming into 2019, one of the biggest projects that have ever been taken on in the country is set to finish within the year.

World’s Longest Bridge in Kuwait Set to be Completed in 2019
Image Credit: Sheikh Jaber Causeway

Bridge Linking Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town Set to be Finished in 2019

According to media sources in South Korea, the Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C) will apparently complete the Sheikh Jaber Causeway this year, six years after winning the contract for the $2.6 billion project, as shared in a report by Arabian Business.

The bridge, which is said to become the longest in the world when it is completed, is said to run a total length of 45.83 km, about 7 km longer than the Haiwan Bridge in Qingdao, China.

With its scheduled completion to come around in April, the project has reclaimed 1.5 million sq.m. of land for two ports and a main administration building and visitor centre.

The core of the project is the construction of the main bridge.  The 340-m central section of the marine bridge was designed in the form of an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge, which requires an advanced level of design and construction technology.

In common structural designs used for constructing cable-stayed bridges, bridge tops are linked with pylons through cables. However, it is not common to build an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. The main bridge of the Sheikh Jaber Causeway links cables to one side of its sail-shaped pylon.

The bridge would be the largest civil engineering project landed by a Korean contractor since the waterway project from Libya in 1984.

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