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Viaduct variation One of Britain's few glued segmental concrete box girder structures is taking shape to the east of London. Dave Parker went to Dagenham to find out why the contractor preferred this

Striding over the urban obstacle course that lies between the A13 and the Thames near Dagenham, snaking through the grounds of the Ford car plant, the 25.5M, 1.75km Dagenham Dock viaduct has just passed a crucial milestone in its 110 week construction programme. Deck precaster and erection contractor DMD has cautiously edged its massive yellow launching gantry beneath high voltage power lines only a few metres above and set it up again further to the east.

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