Why the Achinaki bridge construction is taking so long
The Achinaku bridge construction in Japan is taking too long, a project official said Tuesday, as part of efforts to improve its environmental performance and to speed up the completion of a $1.3 billion bridge project.
The Achinakanai bridge is a bridge linking Japan’s southernmost island of Hokkaido with the northeastern province of Miyagi, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the city of Tokyo.
The project was supposed to be completed by this year, but has been delayed several times because of poor environmental conditions, the official said.
The first construction in 2020 was supposed the bridge would be completed within two years, but the project has taken nearly two years longer.
“The first bridge is the most challenging,” the official, who asked not to be identified, told reporters Tuesday.
“We’ve had to work very hard on the environmental issues and the project is on track.”
The official said that the bridge was designed by the same design firm that designed the Chikagumo bridge in the U.S. in the 1960s.
Construction of the bridge, which will eventually connect the Japanese island of Aomori with the northernmost island in Miyagi and a town on Hokkaidō in Hokkushū, is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The Aomorais town of Sato, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of the Achineen island, is to be built on the same site.
“There’s a huge gap between the islands,” the first official said, “so we are trying to address this gap.”
The second official said the Aanchinakan bridge will have a new deck, which he said will make it possible to accommodate two-way traffic.
But the first contractor said the new deck will only accommodate one lane each way, and the new bridge is expected not to have a second lane.
The second contractor said that while the construction work was going well, the first bridge project was still in the early stages.
Construction is also expected to take about a year longer than originally planned because of delays in the first construction project, the second official added.