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Swale Crossing nears completion

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Fairfield-Mabey is close to completing erection of the steel superstructure of the £40M Swale Crossing in Kent.

Managing Director Dr Peter Lloyd said the steelwork was running ahead of schedule and was expected to be completed in December.

The 1270m composite-deck steel plate girder viaduct has a 92.5m main span which is 29m above water level.

Fairfield-Mabey has already completed launching most of the bridge girders into place in three phases. An open day last month combining a site visit with presentations on the design and construction coincided with one of the launches and was attended by almost 100 guests.

The Swale separates the Isle of Sheppey from mainland Kent and at present is crossed only by a lift bridge which causes considerable delays to traffic when open. The new crossing is being built as part of a £100M design, build, finance and operate project to upgrade the A249 from the M2 at Stockbury to Sheerness docks being undertaken by Sheppey Route Ltd, a subsidiary of Carillion.

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