According to the Director of Equipment Manager for the Casablanca-Settat region, the cable-stayed bridge in Sidi Maârouf will operate autonomously from the progress of the works for the two hoppers that have not yet started. The delay in the completion of the cable-stayed bridge was deferred by a quarter due to the late release of land.
At present, the completion rate for the entire work for the bridge has reached to 45%. All the same, two phases must be classified in this project. The first deals with the construction of the cable-stayed bridge measuring 248 meter-long and elevated at 73 meters high of the central pylon. Additional works involve the development of side ramps, two roundabouts and road links to the existing boulevards. The works in the first phase started in January 2015, and the overall design of the bridge was completed at 94%. Regarding the pylon at which the shrouds will be anchored is 80% looped. The execution studies of the anchorage blocks of the shrouds of the bridge are being finalized and currently 95% complete.
The second phase involves the realization of two hoppers and portals (under revolving and tram platform). For this phase, adaptation studies are being finalized. It is said that this adaptation was necessary following the calibration of the tramway platform in a different section from what was originally planned by the studies of the development of the crossroads. The completion of the bridge will benefit most of the residents in the city of Casablanca. Casablanca is well known for its busy streets and traffic. Being the business and economic hub of Morocco, the companies in Casablanca can take the development of the bridge as an opportunity to improve their transport and logistics.
The Equipment Director also explained the there are three types of studies in civil engineering. The first is definition, followed by preliminary design and then the execution of the project. In the regular works, the contracting authority carries out the three phases before launching the works. However, in exceptional works such as this cable-stayed bridge, the contracting authority carries out the first two studies and entrusts the execution study to the construction company.
As for the works, the temporary deviations are in progress. They have started before the launch of the construction of the lateral shoulder straps. The bridge supports completion has reached to 92%; 80% of the steel framework requirement on the site is already supplied, and the work for building and welding the deck on the ground is carried out at the rate of 65%. The launch date for the hopper works market will be planned in a consultation with the services of the Municipality of Casablanca so that they can start when the cable-stayed bridge located at level + 1 is put into operation and on the axis of Casa-Airport Mohammed V to avoid traffic overcrowding at level 0 during the realization of these works. It should be noted that the traffic in this six-branch intersection reaches more than 17,000 vehicles during rush hour.
The overall cost of this development amounts to MAD608 million, of which MAD442 million is allocated for the elaboration of the first phase and MAD166 million for the second phase. The project was financed by the urban commune of Casablanca with MAD320 million. It took over the expropriation of the land required for the realization of this project. The Ministry of the Interior has contributed MAD185 million. The Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics funded the project with MAD103 million.