Etihad Rail has completed the construction of a rail bridge connecting Khalifa Port with the UAE National Rail Network.
The 1-km bridge is part of Package B of Stage Two of the network and will play an important role in improving the transportation of goods in the region and reducing the costs of freight and trade.
This rail network for the UAE, which connects major ports with manufacturing hubs and residential areas across the country, will contribute to reducing carbon emissions and preserving the environment by reducing truck trips.
Building the first marine bridge in the network required 18,300 cubic meters of reinforced concrete and 4,117 tons of steel. The bridge will be parallel to an existing road bridge, which spans the same length, and connects the Abu Dhabi mainland to the offshore container terminal area.
Environmental concerns were taken care of during the construction of the bridge, with the Etihad Rail guaranteeing the flow of water in a way that ensures the preservation of coral reefs surrounding the bridge.
Recently, Etihad Rail completed construction works for Package A of Stage Two, which extends over 139 km, and its connection through Al Ghuwaifat on the border of Saudi Arabia with Stage One, which extends for 264 km from Habshan to Al Ruwais. This significant step brings the company closer to completing the UAE National Railway Network on schedule, Etihad Rail said.