Maputo - Katembe Bridge and North Link Roads
The Bay of Maputo has always separated the city of Maputo from the south bank village of Katembe, and the development of the entire area south of Maputo has consequently been severely retarded. The solution was to construct a 680-metre long suspension bridge over the bay, as well as all the approach roads and interlinking bridges. Concrete, all site-batched, of the highest quality was used. In total, 340 000 m³ of highly durable concrete was cast and the stringent quality control system required testing of over 51,000 compression cubes, with durability indexes being tested in South Africa. Many aspects of the bridge pushed design and concrete capabilities to the limit, notably the pylons and bases, the cable anchors, and the balanced cantilever spans that were curved in plan.
This is truly a landmark project that will set a new benchmark for concrete on the African continent and a deserved winner of the Fulton Award in the “Infrastructure > R100 M” category.
Location: Maputo and Katembe (Moçambique)
Submitted By: Gauff Engineering: Gauff GmbH & Co. Engineering KG
Client: Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo SUL; E.P. (EDMS)
Main Contractors: China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)
Suppliers: CM Cimentos de Moçambique; Ulula Ash