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In the swing

Bridges : Internet

The longest span swing bridge in the world is taking shape in Egypt at El Ferdan, near Ismailia. Halcrow is the technical advisor to client Egyptian National Railways.

The scale of the project is huge, with a main span of 340m, and bearings with a radius of 12m. It is unusual for a railway to cross a swing bridge, but impossibly long approach viaducts would have been needed to give the navigational clearances needed for a fixed structure.

Construction is well advanced and final commissioning and trials will result in completion later this year.

The Knowledge Bank contains other Halcrow bridge projects.

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