Work is proceeding on the construction of the UK's longest continuous bridge on a section of the A13 main road through a densely populated area of East London. This article emphasises the challenges that the construction team face in completing the last section of the upgraded A13. For many years, this part of the A13 has been a notorious accident black spot, and it has too many junctions to facilitate a smooth traffic flow. To alleviate this situation, the Highways Agency (HA) began in 1994 a road construction programme to replace a large part of the A13. The work to do this was divided into three contracts, two of which have now been completed. Work on the #51M 3km final section, between Heathway and Thames Avenue, began in November 1996, after there had been extensive design work and negotiations since the contract award in September 1996. The major problem was the many obstacles to be overcome to complete the project successfully. There is a new interchange at the west end, and a new 1.7km long viaduct, which has most of the design challenges. The viaduct has to pass under high-voltage electric power lines and cross the Ford Motor Works, warehouses, a lake, two rivers, and three railway lines. Tarmac Construction produced a precast glued segmental bridge design that was less expensive than its alternatives.

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • Franklin, J
  • Publication Date: 1999-4


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00767120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM