Uganda opens Africa’s fifth longest suspension bridge

10/25/2018

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Inside the borders of East Africa, the New Nile Bridge stands second longest only to the Kigamboni Bridge in Tanzania.

Africa has welcomed its fifth longest suspension bridge in Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni announced the commencement of the bridge this Wednesday, naming it New Nile Bridge or the Source of the Nile bridge.

Uganda's New Nile Bridge

In the commencement ceremony speech, the Uganda President disclosed the bridge could last 120 years

Uganda's New Nile Bridge opens

The total cost for the bridge is at $112million (43billion nairas)

The bridge stretches 525m to connect the two banks of a River Nile’s armlet across Jinja town.

The total cost for the bridge is at $112million (43billion nairas), so Uganda had to ask for a financial assistance from JICA Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

Video: The breathtaking view of the Source of the Nile bridge

To be specific, the Japanese Government agreed to finance 80 percent of the sum as a loan at a yearly interest rate of 0.01 percent, repayable in a term of 10 years but extendable to 40 years.

Inside the borders of East Africa, the New Nile Bridge stands second longest only to the Kigamboni Bridge in Tanzania which spans 680m. 

In the commencement ceremony speech, the Uganda President disclosed the bridge could last 120 years.

It was built to enhance the landscape of the area in place the old Nalubaale Bridge in use since 1954 when the British army occupied the country.

Uganda's New Nile Bridge under construction

Uganda had to ask for a financial assistance from JICA to build the bridge

New Nile Bridge built in Uganda

Inside the borders of East Africa, the New Nile Bridge stands second longest only to the Kigamboni Bridge in Tanzania

Bonus fact: The longest bridge in Africa now is the 20,500-meter 6th October Bridge in Egypt while our Third Mainland Bridge proudly ranks second, measuring 11,800 m in length.

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