Chennai Metro Phase 2’s 2nd Open Web Girder Launched over Bypass

Hindustan Construction Company – KEC International JV (HCC – KEC JV) on Thursday launched their final splice for the second 40 meter long open web girder (OWG) bridge of 26.09 km Chennai Metro Line-4 which will connect Light House – Poonamallee Bypass through 30 stations.

This is the second steel bridge of 116.1 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project’s 7.945 km Package C4-ECV-02 (Porur – Poonamallee Bypass). The first OWG’s two splices were launched exactly two months ago in November 2023. Both twin OWGs were manufactured by Steel Infra Solution in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

The bridge weighs 222MT and was launched in 2 slices or parts weighing 110 MT and 112 MT using a single lifting method on top of Chennai Bypass (NH-32)’s flyovers between Piers P277 to P278 on Mount Poonamallee Road (view on Google Maps).

Photo by Prabhakaran K
Photo by Prabhakaran K

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had awarded Package C4-ECV-02’s Rs 1,147 crore contract to HCC – KEC JV in May 2021 with a 36 month deadline.

Besides constructing the viaduct from chainage 17982.240 to chainage 25928.186 and Poonamallee depot-line, HCC – KEC JV will build 9 stations at Chennai bypass crossing, Ramachandra Hospital, Iyyapanthangal Bus Depot, Katupakkam, Kumanan Chavadi, Karayan Chavadi, Mullai Thottam, Poonamallee Bus Terminus, Poonamallee Bypass.

Their package also includes launching 11 special steel spans, the exact locations of which I’m unaware of.

Route of Line-4 between Porur and Poonamallee Bypass with the indicative location of stations en-route – view Chennai Metro Phase 2 info & route map
KEC – HCC’s team prior to launch – Photo by Prabhakaran K
Twin OWGs next to each other – Photo by Prabhakaran K

This OWG has become Chennai’s third such metro bridge after its twin and the 105m long steel truss bridge at Guindy launched by Larsen & Toubro back in 2015.

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