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Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway megaproject 'almost complete'

The causeway will be the world's fourth-longest and "most gigantic" high-speed bridge, government officials reveal

The construction of Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway is 'almost complete'.
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The construction of Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway is 'almost complete'.

Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway, widely touted as one of the world’s longest road bridges, is nearing its completion, according to a senior government official.

Chairman of Kuwait’s Municipal Council, Osama Al-Otaibi, said the causeway would be one of the world’s “most gigantic high-speed bridges”, and that it is “almost complete”.

Eng Soha Ashkenani, acting director general of Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (Part), said Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Causeway is “the world’s fourth-longest bridge”, adding that it follows “the latest standards of construction”.

With a main bridge spanning 37.5km from Kuwait City to Subiyah area at its core, Sheikh Jaber Causeway is considered “one of the landmarks” in the country’s New Kuwait 2035 vision, an economic diversification mandate that is being rolled out in the country.

The causeway includes a 7km bridge, plus a 12.4km road link across Sulaibikhat Bay, starting at Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait City. A launch date for Sheikh Jaber Causeway has yet to be publicised, but upon its operational commencement, the project is expected to significantly ease traffic between the northern and southern parts of Kuwait.

According to a report by the Kuwaiti state news agency, Kuna, Ashkenani explained: “The causeway will shorten the distance between the capital and Subiyah from 104km to 37.5km, and cut the average time spent by motorists from 90 minutes to 30 minutes.”

Sheikh Jaber Causeway, she added, is part of a wider long-term programme that also envisages the launch of two industrial islands spanning 30ha apiece, one each near Kuwait City and Subiyah.

In January 2019, Korean contractor Hyundai Engineering & Construction revealed it would complete the causeway this year. At the time, Business Korea reported that the 48.53 Sheikh Jaber Causeway included a 37km main bridge, and a 12.43km land link.

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