Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal economic zone, and lieutenant AbdelMageed Saqr, Suez Governor, alongside Admiral Osama Rabie, Vice President of the Suez Canal Authority, witnessed the test opening of the ‘Martyr Ahmed Omar Shabrawy’ Bridge in the Suez area, in preparation for its official opening in the near future.
Admiral Mohab assured that the Egyptian state attaches great importance to enhancing the development in the area of the canal and Sinai. It’s also working on connecting the two sides of the canal and easing the movement of citizens across the canal, which led the Suez Canal Authority to establish and operate a series of bridges along the canal that’ll work parallel to the tunnel project under the Suez Canal.
The chairman of the committee recognised the united efforts of the employees in the Authority’s Arsenal and companies, and their success in completing the construction of the floating bridge in a record time with 100% Egyptian manpower. He assured that the Authority and its honourable men will spare no efforts to raise the country and serving the nation.
Lieutenant Abdel Mageed Saqr, Governor of Suez, expressed the people of Suez and his great happiness with the bridge that will ease the transportation between the two sides of the canal and drive further development in the area.
It should be noted that the design of the floating bridge is 147.7km, its length is 227 metres, the surface width is 15 metres and the width in contact with the water is 25 metres. The bridge will allow cars, medium vehicles to travel in both directions while heavy vehicles will cross in one direction only with a maximum carriage of 70 tonnes.
The bridge is composed of three floating portions each of length 75 metres, designed to meet international standards for safety and guarantee security. The regulation of the opening and closure of the bridge will be automatically controlled via three machines and three self-propelled benches within a time span of 5 minutes.
Following this, Admiral Mameesh, Lieutenant Abdel Mageed Saqr, Admiral Osama Rabie and the leaders of the Authority and the Suez Government attended the opening of the new residential buildings within the projects which will house the retired in the committee. The opening included the opening of the El Sahaba mosque and 8 residential buildings with a total of 64 apartments. Later they inspected 9 other buildings for Authority’s pensioners with a total of 270 housing units. The Inspection was supervised by the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces. The work is expected to be completed within the coming year.