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Rusumo Bridge construction starting soon

PhotoNew Rusumo Birdge rendering

The awaited project for construction of the new Rusumo Bridge and One Stop Border Post (OSBP) facilities has finally started in April 2012 and is due to be completed in November 2014.

In February this year, the Director General Dr. Elias Twagira Mathaniya and Eng. Honoré Munyanshongore, acting director of Bridges Unit of Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) as well as two staff of Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) signed contract with Daiho Corporation Company, a Japanese company which carry out construction works of the new Rwanda Tanzania Bridge and OSBP facilities.

The new bridge with 80m of span will make the permanent use of two lanes possible while increasing the axle load restriction from the present 8 tones to 20 tones and the speed limit from the present 5 km/hour to 30 km/hour. The introduction of OSBP facilities will reduce time of crossing the border it used to take and make only one stop at the border post instead of the usually required two stops, one in each country.

According to Eng. Honoré, given the present restrictions on the axle load and the use of only a single lane at a time, the construction of Rusumo Bridge will cope with expected increase of the traffic volume in the coming years. Also the elimination of the present traffic congestion through the introduction of an OSBP system will greatly improve the efficiency of cargo transportation with the end result of an increase of the physical distribution volume and a reduction of the transportation cost.

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