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Etihad Rail announces completion of another bridge in just 13 months; Inside Deets!


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Image credit: Twitter/Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail has been building bridges to quickly connect surrounding cities. Many important bridges have already been built, and the announced new bridge took just 13 months to complete. The new bridge is located on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road, one of the main roads in the UAE capital. Let’s take a closer look at the new bridge, which is part of Etihad Rail.

Al Watbha bridge built by Etihad Rail

A recent photo released by Etihad Rail shows a major bridge spanning one of Abu Dhabi’s busiest roads.

The Al Wathba Bridge is an important part of the UAE’s rail network infrastructure, allowing trains to cross the E22 Abu Dhabi-Al Ain motorway.

They used about 10,000 cubic meters of concrete, 3,500 tons of steel reinforcement and massive concrete girders to build the bridge, which posted the photo on its social media accounts on Friday.

In 2009, Etihad Rail was established. Abu Dhabi’s first cargo line opened in 2016 to transport sulfur from the Shah and Habshan gas fields to the port of Ruwais.

The network currently covers approximately 900 kilometers and should be 1,200 kilometers long when completed.

Also read: Etihad Rail to offer door-to-door service to passengers

Multiple connections within Abu Dhabi

It is just one of many important bridges in the UAE network, including the 600-meter-high Al Bithnah structure near Fujairah, the Al Qudra Bridge in Dubai, and the sea bridge that allows trains to reach Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.

All seven important logistics centers and freight network Currently connected to the network. The connection has been working since February.

With a fleet of 1,082 wagons, the operator allows freight trains to travel at speeds of up to 120km/h, transporting anything from construction supplies to sea containers.

Earlier this week, Etihad Rail released a video of a freight train criss-crossing the country. By traversing tunnels and bridges, the train highlights the vast scale of the network.

According to Etihad Rail, the freight network will carry 20 million tonnes of cargo this year. It will increase to 60 million tons by 2030.

Cover image courtesy of Twitter/Etihad Rail


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