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$3bn causeway structurally complete

August 2018

Kuwaiti authorities said that work on the Subiya link of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway project was moving at a steady pace with the last component of its structure scheduled to have been installed by the end of last month (July), said a report.

On completion, the causeway (also known as Al Subiya bridge) will link the capital Kuwait City with Al Subiya, a town on the other side of the bay, and also shorten the distance from 104 km to 36 km, reported Kuwait Times, citing a top official.

Ahmad Al Hessan, the director of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport, said precast sections had been used in building the 27-km-long bridge over Kuwait Bay using 958 pieces, each 40 to 60 m long and 17 m wide and standing tall at 2.5 to 4 m and weighing around 950 tonnes.

Once ready, the motorists will be able to cross the distance in 30 minutes, instead of the 90 minutes on the long land route, it added.

Being developed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) at an estimated cost of $3 billion, the causeway is named after the 13th Emir of Kuwait to commemorate his contribution to the development of Kuwait. It comprises two elements: the 36.1-km Main Link and the 12.4-km Doha Link, which together make it one of the longest bridge projects in the world.  

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