The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) and the National Authorising Office (NAO) together with the contractor Politecnica have today launched the final set of 76 metre steel beam across the Rokel River for the new double lane Magbele Bridge along the Masiaka-Rogbere Junction Highway.
The new Magbele Bridge is part of the EU funded Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges Project. The bridge is a two lane with 163 metre span composite of steel girders and Reinforced Concrete Deck Bridge over the River Rokel.
This completes the total length of 163 meters. The first set of 87 metres was launched in February 2021, and next step will be reinforcement laying and placing of concrete on deck.
The bridge which cost over 6 million Euro is part of the €40.7 million Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges project funded under the European Development Fund as part of EU’s support to the Key Infrastructure project in Sierra Leone
Works on the bridge were delayed due to travel restrictions of experts as a result of COVID-19 outbreak, and now that works have resumed in full swing and the bridge is expected to be completed in July this year.
Ambrose James said this is a major milestone that will eventually transform traffic flow and facilitate goods and services across regions, and will also reduce vehicle operating costs, travel time.