India's Bridges: New Surajbari Bridge across the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
|February 2001 (23.215 Degrees, 70.711 Degrees) New Surajbari Bridge|
The new Surajbari Bridge is a 36 span cast-in-place T girder bridge with short cantilevers between the supports. During the Bhuj earthquake some of the elastomeric bearings were damaged causing vertical misalignment between the spans (see below).
This bridge is important to the economy of the region. Thousands of trucks cross the Gulf of Kutch every day, carrying goods to and from Kandla Port (see below). The old bridge couldn't carry heavy vehicles due to earthquake damage and so the government rushed to repair and complete the new bridge a month after the earthquake.