N2 Wild Coast Road bridge will be the highest in Africa

20 August 2018

The Msikaba and Mtentu Bridges are part of an improvement to the older N2 Wild Coast Toll Road that will be 85 kilometres shorter and 3 hours faster.

Mtentu Bridge is scheduled to open as the highest bridge ever built in Africa with a deck height of approximately 223 m. The massive central beam span of 260 m will also be a record for the African continent among beam bridges and the 141 m pier P8 will also be the tallest on the continent. The Mtentu Bridge will have a total length of 1 132.7 m. The deck cross-section to the main spans varies from 15 m deep at the piers to 5 m deep at mid-span. The approach spans are 5 m deep. The entire structure will have a deck 22.8 m wide with walkways on both edges.

The nearby cable-stayed Msikaba Bridge will not be as high as Mtentu Bridge but the main span of 580 m will be the second longest on the African continent only behind the Maputo-Catembe Bridge in Mozambique.

Bridge Network Manager Edwin Kruger takes us through the architectural representations of the Mtentu River Bridge just outside Xolobeni, Eastern Cape.

Click here for an overview of the proposed bridges

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