Work has finished on the New Selander Sea-crossing Bridge in Dar es Salaam, built by GS E&C of South Korea for a price of $120m, The Korea Herald reports.
The crossing, also called the Tanzanite Bridge, runs across the city’s Oyster Bay, and connects the central business district with the tourist destination of Coco Beach.
GS says the bridge uses a mixed box girder and cable-stayed approach, intended to make it lighter and more affordable than a conventional design. The cable-stayed element has five towers and the deck carries four lanes with pedestrian walkways on either side. As well as the 670m main span, it has 6km of approach roads.
Some $107m of the cost of the project was met by the country’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). An official at GS told the Korea Herald: “GS E&C’s credibility has increased in Tanzania due to the successful completion of the largest project of Korea’s EDCF in Africa. It will greatly help expand the market further in Africa.”
The bridge was opened by Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan on 24 March. In her speech, she said it would ease congestion in Dar es Salaam and help it to develop as a modern metropolis and Tanzania’s leading business hub.
A video of the bridge in under construction can be seen here.