Strabag wins €106m bridge construction contract in South Africa

WCN Editorial Team 12 Sep 2017 AFRICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Strabag International, a subsidiary of Austrian construction firm Strabag, has won a contract worth about €106m for the construction of a new bridge over the river Mtentu in eastern South Africa. 

The scope of the contract, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), will include the construction of a 1,132m long bridge over the river Mtentu near the town of Flagstaff. The bridge will stand on a total of 13 piers.

Work on the project is being delivered by an equal stake joint venture with South African construction company AVENG Grinaker-LTA. Construction work on the bridge is anticipated to last for 40 months.

Strabag said that the construction team will use two bridge building methods to deliver the project. The northern and southern segments of the bridge will be constructed using incremental launching, the centre using the balanced cantilever method.

Upon completion, the bridge will become Africa’s highest bridge.

Strabag CEO Thomas Birtel said: “While our focus is clearly on the European market, we do occasionally execute projects outside of Europe in which we can especially apply our technical know-how. With this in mind, we look forward to realising Africa’s highest bridge together with a local partner.”

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