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SLIPPERY START

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Construction of the 400m incrementally launched Medway Viaduct on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link has begun with the first 40m long deck section being slid away from the west abutment. The 600 tonne reinforced concrete unit was cast on the bank and, with its steel girder nosing attached, slid on stainless steel bearings towards the first of nine piers on the west bank. Contractor Eurolink - a consortium between Miller Civil Engineering, Dumez GTM and Beton & Monierbau - is carrying out the work as part of contract 350 on the CTRL. It will also construct a second, 600m long, incrementally launched viaduct from the east bank over 13 piers. At the centre of the crossing, the two viaducts will be linked with a 150m span balanced cantilever bridge over the river's navigational channel. Work on the viaducts is expected to be complete by 2001.

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