Members of ACI-KC visited Sheikh Jaber Causeway Project on 23rd
The visit was organized by the Chapter’s Social Committee, and commenced with a welcome note by the Resident Engineer, Dr. Araby El Shenawy. This was followed by a presentation at the Visitor Centre, and included a video animation of the project. Members were thereafter taken by bus on a tour of the project’s inshore construction sites; and by boat to locations where offshore locations where work is in progress.
Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway, when completed, will be one of the largest and most prestigious transport infrastructure endeavours in Kuwait and the region. It will reduce the distance between Kuwait City and Subiyah area from 104 km to 36 km, thus reducing journey time from 70 minutes to less than 20 minutes. Among the many prominent features of the new causeway are the Project’s Visitor Center and the Administration and Management Building which will be located on Shuwaikh side mainland.
There are also two artificial islands, each of 30 hectares, which will house various support facilities and a marina, and help in breaking the monotony of a long and uniform bridge. The causeway’s iconic feature is its main cable-stayed signature bridge, which with its exquisite arch pylon will rise as a landmark in the middle of this vital navigation route.
The causeway project is also a significant example of sustainable development. Numerous environmental studies were conducted by experts - environmental baseline studies; risk assessment; impact assessment - and the project has received approval from Kuwait Environmental Public Authority.
- Link between Kuwait City and Subaiyah Area, across Kuwait Bay
- Approximate cost: KD 740 million
- Expected completion date: November, 2018
- Causeway Length: 34 km