International Bridge Technologies

Hodariyat Bridge –
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Technical details
Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC)

Construction Completed: 2011

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Overseas AST CO. LLC. – VSL Middle East LLC. Joint Venture
SYSTRA IBT’s Role: Bridge Design Consultant


Main Span: 200 m (656 ft)
Total Length: 1.3 km (0.8 mi)
Width: 36.3 m (119 ft) (six lanes, shoulders, and two walkways).

The Hodariyat Bridge connects Abu Dhabi’s southern coastline to the Hodariyat Island coastline. The 1.3 km (4,265 ft) long bridge provides a 29 m (95 ft) vertical clearance for the 170 m (557 ft) wide navigation channel.

The superstructure carries six lanes of traffic and two walkways. It consists of a 36.3 m (119 ft) wide single-cell precast segmental concrete box girder with stiffening struts inside and outside the box.

The main span of the Hodariyat Bridge spans 200 m (656 ft) and is supported by a single plane of stay cables within the bridge median. The foundations consist of 1.2 m (3 ft) and 1.5 m (4 ft) diameter drilled shafts socketed into the bedrock. The 55 m (180 ft) long approach spans are built by incremental launching from the abutments, while the main spans are built in a balanced cantilever using a beam and winch system.

To construct the bridge’s approach piers, precast segments were cast using the long-line method. The pile caps are formed with permanent precast shells supported by the pile casings. Construction started on site in January 2009 following the design-build contract award the previous September. The formal handover took place just 27 months later, in April 2012.

The Construction Week Awards 2012 honored the Hodariyat Bridge as the Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Judges recognized the Hodariyat Bridge as a remarkable accomplishment, acknowledging its status as a “huge, challenging, and complex project” that was successfully delivered to the client ahead of schedule.

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