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The critical factor for the design of the bridge lays in the seismic approach, though the bridge also has to sustain the impact of an 180,000-ton tanker sailing at 18 knots, high speed winds and less importantly, the passing by of cars and trucks, its first purpose...

The possible tilt in case of earthquake has been the major concern. A thorough analysis showed that large shallow foundations were the most satisfactory solution subject to the reinforcement of the top 20 meters of seabed subsoil. This will be achieved in designing 90-meter diameter pier bases and placing metallic inclusions in the seabed subsoil.

In addition structural isolation systems mitigating seismic forces were systematically researched. One of the main findings, and definitely the most innovative, is a 2,252-meter fully suspended continuous deck, moving as a pendulum during an earthquake and permitting significant movement between adjacent piers.

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