Sheikh Zayed Bridge Specs & Science

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U.A.E. - Abu Dhabi : Sheikh Zayed Bridge
The project included the construction of 912m long bridge linking Abu Dhabi with the mainland; with a central span of 234m.
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A main bridge, a hybrid structure comprising central steel asymmetric arch ribs supporting prestressed concrete box girder decks, two main channel piers, the decks are supported by inclined prestressed concrete supports, rising vertically from the pier pile caps. The foundation comprised large diameter bored in situ piles. Also included 1.3 k.m of dual carriageway.
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Emirate of Abu Dhabi Works Department P.O. Box 3 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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The UAE has a highly mobile society that requires a new route around the Gulf south shore, connecting the three Emirates together. In 1967 a steel arch bridge was built to connect the fledgling city of Abu Dhabi island to the mainland, followed by a second bridge built in the seventies, connecting downstream at the south side of Abu Dhabi Island. The location of the new (third) Gateway Crossing, close to the first bridge, is critical in the develop- ment and completion of the highway system. Conceived in an open setting, the bridge has the prospect of becoming a destination in itself and potential catalyst in the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi.
A collection, or strands of structures, gathered on one shore, are lifted and ‘propelled’ over the length of the channel. A sinusoidal waveform provides the structural silhouette shape across the channel.
The mainland is the launch pad for the bridge structure emerging from the ground and approach road. The Road decks are cantilevered on each side of the spine structure. Steel arches rise and spring from mass concrete piers asymmetrically, in length, between the road decks to mark the mainland and the navigation channels. The spine splits and splays from one shore along the central void position, diverging under the road decks to the outside of the roadways at the other end of the bridge.
The main bridge arch structure rises to a height of 60 m above water level with the road crowning to a height of 20 metres above mean water level.

PROGRAM: 2 ways four lane highway bridge to Abu Dhabi island
CLIENT: Abu Dhabi Municipality
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid
Project Architect: Graham Modlen
Project Team: Garin O'Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power
Project Engineer: Joe Barr, Mike King, Mike Davies Highpoint Rendel [Abu Dhabi, UAE]
Structure: Rendel Palmer Tritton [London, UK]
Lighting: Hollands Licht [Amsterdam, Netherlands]
DIMENSIONS: 842m long, 64m high, 61m wide
MATERIALS: Piers, Decking: Reinforced Concrete Arches: Steel