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Bridges are incredibly beautiful – famously known to connect different places, reduction of traffic congestion, but they are also hugely designed to attract tourists, with most gleeful visitors stopping over to take photos of its breathtaking architecture, enjoy the beautiful view over the bridge.
If you are probably looking for a fabulous bridge to take a walk- Source of the Nile Bridge is one you need to add to your bucket list.
1. 5th Longest Bridge in Africa
The 525m long cable-stayed bridge is the 5th longest after Egypt’s Suez Canal Bridge (3,900), Lekki Ikonyi bridge in Nigeria (1,360), Mohammed VI bridge in Morocco(950m), Tanzania’s Kigamboni. In East Africa, it’s actually second after Tanzania’s. I like the fact that such high-end architectural infrastructure is increasing in Africa.
2. Commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta
The Source of the Nile Bridge was commissioned on 17th October 2018 by the President of Uganda- His excellency Yoweri Museveni Kaguta and graced by the first lady and education minister Janet Museveni and the Japan Minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Sato Masahisa and other government officials.
3. Constructed with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The Shs. 41B bridge was constructed with support of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – funding 80% at an annual interest rate of 0.01%, payable in 10 years. The bridge was built by Japanese contractor, in partnership with the South Korean Hyundai Engineering and construction company. The bridge was completed in four years with 67% being Ugandan technical staff and it’s expected life span is 120 years.
4. Architecturally amazing
Uganda’s first impressive cable-stayed bridge is graceful in appearance, unique and it strikes the eyes. It has a fan shaped single plane stay cables and inverted Y Pylon just like other iconic cable stayed bridges elsewhere around the world. It has a central span of 290m and end span of 135m and 100m on the East and West banks respectively. It has a four-lane dual highway and pedestrian walkways.
5. The bridge replaces the old Nalubaale Bridge
Nalubaale Bridge, located 750m downstream that was built in 1954 and has since then been in use- its lifespan is said to have expired. Despite the newly constructed bridge, Nalubaale bridge will be used by motorcyclist since there is no provision for cyclists in the new bridge.
6. Awesome lighting
Another interesting fact about the Source of the Nile bridge its interesting display of 202 Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs at the base of the cables. It offers multitude of colors- but most importantly, the yellow, red lights that fits beautifully in the dark night brings out the excellent visibility of the primarily national colors of Uganda’s flag.
7. Runs across the World’s longest river
First of all, Source of the Nile bridge derives its name from Victoria Nile river. The source of the World’s longest river is 2km from Jinja town in Uganda where the bridge crosses. It’s thrilling to drive over the Victoria Nile with spectacular view and breeze from the river- take epic photos and visit its source.
8. Constructed under Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Supervision
I applaud UNRA- Uganda National Roads Authority for the innovative architectural design and work towards the successful completion of the bridge to help make the lives of commuters smoother and easier. Besides the bridge, there are a number of road network projects the Authority https://www.unra.go.ug is undertaking to improve on the road infrastructures to boost safe transportation and economic growth within the country.
9. Gateway to Uganda’s tourist city
Jinja is an adventurous city to visit with beautiful scenery, nature and hotels nestled at the shores of the river. Lots of tourist activities besides reaching the source of the Nile river, you get engaged in white water rafting on the Nile, Bungee jumping, Kayaking, Quad biking, Horseback Riding, Ziplining and luxurious accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers.
10. Preferred tourist destination
Source of the Nile bridge has become a delightful destination for both local and international tourists. With the interesting facts I have shared- you simply need to have an unforgettable trip at the bridge full of amazing memorizes, experience and adventure. If you are wondering how much money you will need to pay- you don’t need to pay anything- simply carry your camera ready to take some epic, crazy and interesting adventurous photos.
Also, I must say, Source of the Nile bridge will boost the tourism sector of Uganda- with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities https://www.tourism.go.ug and Uganda Tourism Board http://www.corporate.visituganda.com that have embrace the new development to promote tourism along the Nile and Uganda at large.
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