Wadi el Kuf Bridge
Wadi el Kuf Bridge
جسر وادي الكوف
Jisr Wadi Al Kuf
|Total length||477 m|
|Longest span||282 m|
|Clearance above||172 m|
It was designed by Italian civil engineer Riccardo Morandi. Construction of the bridge began in 1965 and the bridge was opened in 1972. The bridge crosses the Kouf Valley. It is about 282 meters long, and 160 meters in height. Its construction cost $5.3 million US.
On 25 October 2017, the Security Directorate of the Green Mountain region in east Libya called on the security services to close down Wadi el Kuf Bridge, following inspections that identified potential fractures in the bridge. The following day, road transport engineers inspected the bridge and stated that it needed emergency maintenance but was safe. On 27 October 2017, the bridge was reopened for light traffic, while local security officials were preventing heavily-loaded trucks from crossing in groups.
On 8 August 2018 another similar security alert has been reported, but no details about another bridge closure or the structural problems identified is available.
On a similar bridge in Genoa, also designed by Morandi and usually called Ponte Morandi, where—differently from Wadi el Kuf—structural problems have been known since the first years after construction in 1967, one of its 3 towers collapsed on 14 August 2018, killing 43. The accident is still under investigation.
- Cracked Beida road bridge declared safe https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/27/cracked-beida-road-bridge-declared-safe/
- See Talk:Riccardo_Morandi#proposal_of_editing_about_Wadi_el_Kuf_Bridge_paragraph for source and info
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