A newly-built bridge in Kg Linsum in Rantau, Negri Sembilan has become a source of pride for its villagers after it earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records recently as the first of its kind in the country.
The RM1.3mil medium-traffic single span bridge which was completed in January is not like any other and was constructed using ultra-high performance ductile concrete (UHPdC).
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the 50m bridge is currently the world’s longest single span UHPdC bridge ahead of two others built using the same technology in Japan and France.
“The bridge was built to replace the old one for the benefit of villagers and motorists plying the route.
“Motorists who use the bridge will cut five kilometres of travel distance between Kg Linsum and Kg Siliau making it a more safer and accessible route,” he said during a ceremony to light up the bridge recently.
Bridges employing similar technology were built in recent years in Japan (2008) measuring 48m and in France (2005) measuring 47.4m.
Mohamad expressed hope that villagers and motorists in the area would make use of the new state-of-the-art bridge provided for their use.
“They should be proud that they are the first to have such hi-tech infrastructure in their village.
“We hope that they will make good use of it as it was built for their convenience,” he said.
The bridge was manufactured by Dura Technology Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Leweko Resources Berhad) and uses cutting edge concrete technology.
The company’s founder and chief executive officer Dr Voo Yen Lei said the construction of the bridge began in September last year and was completed within five months.
The construction of the bridge was supervised by the state Public Works Department.
“UHPdC is a Grade150 concrete which is generally five times stronger than conventional concrete, though it is categorised as a composite concrete, it has the quality and characteristic of steel.
“The bridge was constructed using a single span UHPdC U-trough girder. The highlight of this bridge is that unlike regular bridge girders, the UHPdC girder was built without any conventional reinforcements (steel bars),” he said.
Voo said the construction of the bridge employed green technology and the consumption of building materials used in the project was reduced by half compared with a conventional concrete bridge.
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