New Bridge to link Zambia and Botswana

Construction of the multi-million dollar Kazungula Bridge that will link Zambia and Botswana is expected to commence in July this year.

A joint press statement issued by the Zambian Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga and Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications Nonofo Mohlefi in Livingstone yesterday announced that the ground breaking ceremony that was planned for March 28 has been rescheduled to July.

The two ministers noted that a lot of progress has been made in the procurement process for the contracts.

“Out of the 26 companies that expressed interest to participate in the project, three have been shortlisted to bid for the project. It is expected that construction of the Kazungula Bridge will commence on July 12, 2014,” reads the statement.
The evaluation of the technical proposals was completed last December. The civil works for the proposed Kazungula Bridge and the railway line will comprise the construction of a 23 metres long by 18.5 metres wide rail/road bridge.
It will also include two one-stop border facilities, access roads and ramps across the Zambezi River.