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July 31, 2015

Project for the Construction of Chirundu Bridge-Rehabilitation

The Chirundu Bridge is located between Zambia and Zimbabwe across the Zambezi River, and it is along the one of the biggest economic corridor North-South corridor which passes South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia The Bridge, which is 400m long and 10.3m, was funded and constructed by the Japanese government in 2002. It is a three-span, continuous, pre-stressed, concrete box girder bridge and has two lanes.

JICA as the implementing agency received bridge experts from Chodai Co. Ltd and Shimizu Corporation to implement the follow-up (rehabilitation) of the Chirundu Bridge. The rehabilitation duration is from May to June 2015.

The Chirundu Bridge is a highly significant transport infrastructure for socio-economic development of both countries. Over 300 trucks pass through this bridge everyday transporting materials vital to economic growth of the two countries. It is also imperative to note that the Chirundu border post is a model One-Stop Border Post facility that has made international passage between Zambia and Zimbabwe efficient. Therefore, the Chirundu Bridge has also facilitated the effectiveness and efficient operations of the OSBP which accounts for about 20% of taxes collected by Zambia Revenue Authority; and this is ideally channeled back to improve national infrastructure and social services like health and education. With the support and cooperation of the Government of Zambia and the Government of Zimbabwe, rehabilitation works have been successfully completed and the official handover is expected in by July 2015.

Article by Njaame Kalililo-Mwila
Programme Officer-Energy and Transport,
JICA Zambia Office

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