Egypt's El Sisi-backed Tahya Misr bridge nabs Guinness World Record
Arab Contractors Co says the world's widest cable-stayed bridge in Egypt recognised by Guinness Book of World Records
Egypt-based Arab Contractors Company revealed that its Rod El-Farag Axis Bridge, also known as Tahya Misr – opened by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on 22 May, 2019 – has won the Guinness Book of World Records’ certificate for being the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge.
The Egyptian company was awarded the construction contract for the bridge in 2016, which is 67.3m wide. According to a company statement, it took 4,000 engineers, technicians, and construction workers to build the bridge.
According to the head of Egypt's Armed Forces Engineering Authority, Maj Gen Ehab Mohammed El Far, the road project was built at a cost of $9.6m (EGP164m).
Touted as the world’s widest suspension bridge, the structure has a length of 17.2km on both the directions, with widths varying from 48m to 67.3m, which is its widest recorded section.
Commenting on the project, chief executive officer and chairman of Arab Contractors Company, Eng Mohsen Salah, said: “The engineering crews responsible for the implementation of the bridge faced many difficulties that were overcome with Egyptian engineering innovations.”
According to Salah, one of the major challenges that the company faced was the movement of 226.8 tonnes (t) of metal beams to the materials assembly area for installation.
The construction company also manufactured two ferryboats, each with a capacity to carry 544.3 t of heavy equipment.
During the peak construction time of the project, 200 cranes with capacity varying from 6.44 t to 544.3 t were deployed at the site.
More than one million m3 of concrete and 263,083 t of iron was used for the bridge, which has 160 cables connected to it.