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The King Fahd Causeway, Khobar - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

July 22nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The King Fahd Causeway (Arabic: جسر الملك فهد) is the combined bridge-viaduct connection between Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the island nation of Bahrain

A construction agreement signed on July 8, 1981 led to construction beginning the next year. The cornerstone was laid on November 11, 1982 by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of Bahrain and went until 1986, when the combination of several bridges and dams was completed. The causeway officially opened for use on November 25, 1986.

The project, completely financed by Saudi Arabian money, cost a total of USD $1.2 billion and was contracted out to the Ballast Nedam Group based in Holland. The four-lane road (25 m) is 25-26 km long and used 350,000 m³ of concrete along with 147,000 tons of reinforced steel. The causeway consists of two parts, a long bridge from Khobar to Umm al-Na'san island in Bahrain, and a shorter one from Umm al-Na'san island to the main island of Bahrain.

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