Dartford Crossing joins civil engineering hall of fame
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced Dartford Crossing as one of the top 200 influential structures, which illustrate how civil engineering has shaped the world and transformed people’s lives for the better.
To mark the ICE’s 200th anniversary, and to support Government's Year of Engineering, the Institution is highlighting 200 inspirational and world-changing projects from around the world throughout 2018. Nominated by the ICE’s members and selected by an expert panel, the chosen projects illustrate the breadth and depth of civil engineering’s impact.
The Dartford Crossing has made the movement of goods and people easier in the area and contributed to the local economy. It consists of two tunnels and the Queen Elizabeth 2 bridge which the A282 between Dartford to the south and Thurrock in the north. It is used by up to 160,000 vehicles every day, the original estimate was 135,000.
It opened in stages: the west tunnel in 1963, the east tunnel in 1980 and the bridge in 1991. Engineers started work on the west tunnel in 1936 but construction stopped with the outbreak of World War 2 and it eventually opened in 1963.
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