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Cleveland Bridge to build 500 more Sri Lankan bridges

Srilanka150219Darlington based steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge has won a second contract to supply 537 permanent road bridges to rural locations in Sri Lanka.

The contract follows on from a similar ongoing contract, which currently involves the company fabricating, delivering and constructing a total of 210 steel composite road bridges on the island.

Working on behalf of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Economic Development, the permanent bridges for both contracts range in length from 6m to 30m, and are sent to the island nation in kit form.

Once in Sri Lanka, Cleveland Bridge is responsible for constructing abutments, erecting the steelwork and installing the concrete decks.

The initial project is due for completion in March and was commissioned to improve mobility in isolated communities. The second contract for 500 more bridges will begin later this year.

Cleveland Bridge Project Manager Rob Mcbride said: “Overseeing the project has been a pleasure and we were very happy to be able to provide our expertise to the Sri Lankan Ministry to provide permanent long lasting structures, particularly for such a potentially life-changing initiative that will provide safe roadways and walkways for local communities.

Worksop Galvanizing, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, teamed up with Cleveland Bridge to galvanize over 2,750t of steelwork for the road bridges.

Due to the scale of the project, Worksop Galvanizing was required to treat the components and containerise them into 14 respective shipments, with each shipment containing components categorised into 15 individual sets.

Separating the bridges in this way ensured they could be unloaded from the containers, and easily constructed on site.


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