The construction of Britain's first privatized highway river crossing over the Thames east of London is described. The Dartford-Thurrock bridge and its approaches is being designed and built by a private company. The 9,418 ft, 4-lane crossing will be Eruope's longest cable-stayed span (1,476 ft). The project is slated to be completed in 30 months. The article describes the streamlined procedures that are enabling the fast completion of the bridge. The design was undertaken with an eye for practicalities. The technique used for casting 829 large and deep concrete foundation piles for the viaducts is described. The viaduct foundation work was accelerated by introducing continuous-flight auger piling. The simple deck construction is also described. It is also noted how because the contractor's assignment is to both design and build, supervision is more intensive than usual.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Reina, P
  • Publication Date: 1991-2-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 23-24
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 226
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 00603365
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM