Acrow Bridge has announced the recent installation of a permanent bridge to replace a Himalayan crossing that was destroyed in the devastating floods of 2013. The new bridge has been installed in Sonprayag in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, at the foot of the Himalayas. Although remote, the site attracts many visitors as it is a key part of the route taken each year by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims trekking to the Kedarnath Temple, which is some 3,600m above sea level. In June 2013 – the middle of the pilgrimage season – a multi-day rainstorm centred on Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. The floods caused extensive property damage, including the destruction of the existing bridge at Sonprayag. A temporary bridge was soon erected at the site of the destroyed crossing, but was washed away by floods on two occasions, most recently in June 2015. The Acrow structure was selected by the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project team along with the Indian infrastructure and project consultancy company, Intercontinental Consulting & Technology Company (ICT). The bridge, which has a 60m clear span, was customized with modular components to address local conditions. Unlike the previous crossings, the new structure can take two lanes of traffic. Half a million pilgrims are anticipated to complete the trek to the temple this year.
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