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The Olympic Torch will make a historic crossing of the new Rion-Antirion Bridge over the Gulf of Corinth on 8 August, a journey made possible by the early completion of the 2.3km long five span structure.

With pylons up to 170m high the £900M bridge had to be designed to withstand winds up to 250km/hr and survive seismic events above six on the Richter scale.

Completing the project three months early is seen as a major triumph for main JV contractor Kinopraxia Gefyra and steelwork subcontractor Cleveland Bridge, as six main deck girders were lost at sea during winter storms and dozens were damaged.

FaberMaunsell has been the independent supervising engineer on the project since 1997.

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