28 August 2014

Zambia/Botswana: The construction of the Kazungula Bridge set to start in September 2014

update (11 Sept 2014): According to news reports, the construction of the much anticipated P1.4 billion Kazungula Bridge linking Zambia and Botswana is now expected to start early next year... we'll keep you posted!

Korean construction company, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, has just announced that it won a tender for the construction of the Kazungula Bridge linking Zambia and Botswana. The construction of the US$161 million project is expected to start in September 2014 and is supposed to be completed within four years. The bridge will replace the famous Kazungula Ferry, a pontoon ferry across the 400-metre-wide Zambezi River between Zambia and Botswana. Earlier in August 2014, one of the main sponsors of the to be built Kazungula Bridge, Japan, pulled out of the project following an alleged tender dispute. The construction of the new bridge was initially expected to start in June 2014.

The new Kazungula Bridge will be located some 75 km from Livingstone in Zambia and about 10km from Kasane in Botswana. The town of Kazungula lies just 2 km from the road between Livingstone and Sesheke which connects to the Katima Mulilo Bridge linking Zambia and Namibia.

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