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Kazungula Bridge Set To Open Next Week

Kazungula Bridge
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Kazungula Bridge

By Staff Reporter

Botswana Transport and Communications said Kazungula bridge and one stop border post will be official launched 10th of May.

The construction of the bridge over the mighty Zambezi River, commenced in December 2014.

The Ministry applauds its strategic partner in this development, the Republic of Zambia for the successful completion of this magnificent project.

“The project is an indication of the flourishing bilateral relations, which the two countries have enjoyed over time,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The project was co-funded Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and African Development Bank (AfDB).

The Bridge and its associated works, is expected to ease access to international markets through connectivity with major seaports as well as contribute to maximizing the operational efficiency of the SADC north-south corridor and enhance regional economic integration.

Freight and passengers transit time is projected to be significantly reduced due to improved border management operations arising from the One Stop Border facilities.

Following the devastating impacts of Covid-19, the Kazungula Bridge is anticipated to enhance the prospects of attracting more private sector investment, boost the tourism sector and contribute to advancement of the quality of life of the communities in the region.

The project has three components being Package 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Package 1 is the bridge, which is designed as an extra-dosed road-rail bridge to accommodate a future railway line which will link Mosetse-Kazungula in Botswana to Kazungula-Livingstone in Zambia.

(Single carriageway for motor vehicles, single railway track and pedestrian walkways on both sides).

The Bridge has specifications of length 18.5m width and span arrangement of 923m.

This package also includes an approach road on the Botswana side of 302m and 416m on the Zambia side.
Packages 2 and 3 are the One-Stop-Border Post (OSBP) facilities on the Botswana and Zambia side respectively.

Each package consists of among others, a passenger terminal, vehicle inspection building, freight inspection building, truck transit offices (entry and exit), health inspection building and veterinary offices.

The packages also caters for internal circulation roads and car parking facilities for buses, trucks and light motor vehicles as well as access roads to the new border posts.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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