‘Jahra Road De­vel­op­ment Project’ wins ACI’s Award

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Amer­i­can Con­crete In­sti­tu­tion (ACI) - Kuwait Chap­ter - granted the ‘Jahra Road De­vel­op­ment Project’ the first ‘ACI Special Award for an In­fra­struc­ture Project’ dur­ing their an­nual Awards Ban­quet which took place on the May 16, 2017. Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works Engi­neer Ab­dul Rah­man Al-Mutawa and ACI Pres­i­dent Badr Al-Sal­man pre­sented the award plaques and “Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence” to project ex­ec­u­tives, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Pub­lic Works’ (MPW) As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Roads Engi­neer­ing Sec­tor, Engi­neer Ah­mad Al-Has­san, and Engi­neer Tarek Shuaib, Manag­ing Part­ner and Head Ar­chi­tect of Pace - the Kuwaiti lead­ing de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and engi­neer­ing firm.

In a word from the As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary Ah­mad Al­Has­san, said: “Jahra Road De­vel­op­ment Project ranks as one of the largest trans­port in­fra­struc­ture project in the world, as it aims to trans­form the ex­ist­ing road into an in­ter­na­tion­ally stan­dard­ized mul­ti­leveled ex­press­way ex­tend­ing for 10 km in the western re­gion of Kuwait. Its large-scaled struc­tural works in­clude the con­struc­tion of a 8 km main­line viaduct along Jahra Road, and 10.4 km of exit/en­try ramps with five main mul­ti­leveled in­ter­changes and 620-me­ter un­der­pass at the Sec­ond Ring Road in­ter­sec­tion. A to­tal of 18.5 kilo­me­ters of ground level ser­vice road will be de­vel­oped with seven traf­fic sig­nal-free round­abouts.”

Engi­neer Tarek Shuaib stated:” We are very de­lighted at this point to be awarded Ex­cel­lency from ACI for the Jahra Road De­vel­op­ment Project. The project, in both its de­sign and con­struc­tion, stands as an engi­neer­ing mar­vel in which its cal­iber is mea­sured with the ad­vanced and largescale­d struc­tural propo­si­tions em­ployed. The un­der­tak­ing of this grand in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment en­tails a se­ries of so­phis­ti­cated large scaled op­er­a­tions. Its engi­neer­ing, and com­plex lo­ca­tion, re­quired the uti­liza­tion of the lat­est in­no­va­tions in bridge con­struc­tions, in­clud­ing “Pre­cast Seg­men­tal Erec­tion”, us­ing over­head launch­ing gantries. A pur­pose made hi-tech pre­cast fa­cil­ity has been es­tab­lished to fab­ri­cate around 8400 bridge seg­ments.”

The project aims to seg­re­gate be­tween by­pass traf­fic and lo­cal traf­fic flow via el­e­vated high­ways while in­creas­ing the Jahra Road High­way ca­pac­ity thereby min­i­miz­ing traf­fic con­ges­tions and re­duc­ing traf­fic ac­ci­dents. The project will also im­prove road fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices and raise road safety stan­dards, meet­ing the fu­ture de­mands of traf­fic for road users.

ACI-Kuwait Chap­ter was or­ga­nized with the ef­forts of its mem­bers for a non-profit, pub­lic ser­vice in gath­er­ing, cor­re­lat­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion for the im­prove­ment of the de­sign, con­struc­tion, man­u­fac­ture, use and main­te­nance of con­crete prod­ucts and struc­tures. Also, to fur­ther en­hance ed­u­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal prac­tices, as well as sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tions and re­search. ACI-Kuwait Chap­ter’s Awards Ban­quet is a highly an­tic­i­pated and grand an­nual event dur­ing which the Chap­ter rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing projects and in­di­vid­u­als. Two main hon­ors were be­stowed this year, namely the Award of Ex­cel­lence and the Award of Achieve­ment.

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