Extensive research in Bahrain on the performance of concrete bridges in hot dry climates has made the demands on construction projects in this country very high. This article discusses the design of the Shalikh Khalifa Bin Salman Causeway Bridge, which has high durability and quality requirements. The bridge will be 404m long and form the central section of a 3.6km long causeway, a direct dual-carriageway link between the new port area at Hidd and the existing motorway network on the mainland. The causeway's reclamation was completed in September 1998. In May 1998, Hyder Consulting was awarded the contract to design the bridge, with a requirement to turn the bridge into a landmark, but within stated construction cost constraints. Hyder, assisted by architect Yee and Associates, investigated various alternatives before recommending a bowstring arch to form the main span, and three-span approach viaducts on either side; various client requirements were met. A steel composite deck and steel arch were selected for reasons of durability, economy, construction feasibility, and client preference. The article outlines the design rationale, and details the design of the bridge superstructure and substructure. The bridge will be durable enough for its very aggressive environment, a tidal area with extreme temperatures.

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    Palladian Publications Limited

    15 South Street
    Farnham Surrey GU97QU,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • BARBOUR, A
  • Publication Date: 2000


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00790456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM