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Ethiopia is to begin construction of a new alternative bridge across the Awash river in June at an estimated cost of 254.5 million birr.
The funding for the bridge will be covered by a 1.4 billion birr grant from Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency agreed upon last June. JICA has also supplied experts in bridge maintenance and management as well specialists in landslides and construction equipment estimated at 200 million birr.
The construction of the alternative bridge will be undertalen by Sato Kogyo and Central Consultants, both Japanese firms.
The bridge is expected to be the second largest project in terms of its potential for the country, second only to the Grand Renaissance Dam said Hajji Ebssa, Director for Public Relations and Information with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The 40 year old bridge currently serving as a link between Ethiopia and Djibouti is an artery for the national economy facilitating the transport of 8.4 million tons of goods in just the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The bridge in operation allows only one truck at a time can cross the bridge with an estimated 36,000 tons transported daily said sources. The new bridge, on the other hand, will allow two trucks to pass in opposite directions with a daily load capacity of 41,000 tons allowing commodities to be transported more efficiently explained the sources.
It is to be remembered that the grant has already financed the rehabilitation of the Dejen to Lumame trunk road at a cost of 881.1 million birr as well providing the means to construct seven secondary schools at a cost of 256 million birr.

Source: Addis Fortune http://http://www.2merkato.com/2012...ruct-an-alternative-bridge-across-awash-river
 

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I couldn't believe something this important hasn't been built yet. What would happen if the bridge were to suddenly collapse? No more trade with the outside world?!
 

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Japan constructs new bridge linking Addis, Djibouti - The Reporter


05 July 2014 Written by
Berhanu Fekade

The only existing bridge that links Ethiopia and Djibouti and was built 43 years ago is to be replaced by a new 145 m long and 40 m high two-way bridge with a 230 million birr finance secured from the Japanese government.

The old bridge, which is currently limited to serving trucks, only allows one to pass at a time. The vehicles crossing over the bridge are required to wait for some two or three minutes for their turn. The bridge is built over the Awash River, some 350 km from Addis.

Officials of the Japanese project contractor, Sato Kogyo, and the consulting firm Central Consultant Inc. under the implementing agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), told reporters on Thursday at the site that building the bridge and equating one km road on both directions (Addis Ababa, Djibouti) required the import of a special type of reinforcement bar from Japan. Some 700 tons were imported. In addition to that, polymerized asphalt was vital to level the roads and serve longer years ahead. Hence, Sato Kogyo brought in an additional 2,000 drums of polymerized asphalt. In a nutshell, the construction consumed some 12 thousand tons of cement.

Osamu Hasegawa, project manager for the replacement of Awash Bridge on A1 truck road, said the construction of the new bridge took two years and is expected to be finalized by the end of next September. As of June 25, some 84 percent of the work was accomplished, Hasegawa said. The Japanese contractor signed the deal for the job in 2012.

The lifeline for the import and export sector of Ethiopia, the bridge, is assumed to be in service for some fifty years and if flooding and other calamities are contained, it can serve for 100 years, Hasegawa affirmed.

Driving from the capital, on the left side of the A1 truck road Awash Bridge, the Chinese are stretching a railway structure heading to the Port of Djibouti. There are two existing bridges extending over the Awash River adjacent to these two new structures. The existing truck road bridge was laid during the reign of Emperor Haile-Selassie, and next to this bridge stretches an old metallic railway bridge nonfunctional anymore built under the same Emperor.

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According to Jun Fujimura, chief resident engineer for the project, the 43-year-old existing bridge will retire to serve only for emergency diversion and mostly will remain as a pedestrian bridge. The speed limit of vehicles is expected to increase to 85km/h rather than 20 km/h following the construction of the new bridge. In the same way, the weight limit at present under 34 tons will go up close to 41 in the near future.
 

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The new bridges on Awash river one for rail, another for trucks

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I tried to fix BHL's post but still no good.:hmm:
 

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Awash Bridge Opens to Traffic

On Friday December 5, 2014 a new bridge over the Awash River along the Ethiopia-Djibouti road opened to traffic. The structure was wholly financed by the aid arm of the Japanese government.

The 145m bridge is located five kilometres from Awash town, in the Afar Regional State, 220Km south east of the capital. The bridge replaces an old bridge which was constructed 40 years ago. The new bridge is 9.5m wide and includes 935m of new road linking it to the main road at either end. It cost Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 240 million Br, said Melaku Getachew, JICA is communication officer.
The bridge was constructed by Soto Kijol with the consultancy of Central Construction, both of which are Japanese firms undertaking their first projects in Ethiopia. Both the old and new bridges will remain in service, although the old bridge needs minor maintenance, Ethiopian Roads Agency (ERA) says.

“The request of the financing came from the government of Ethiopia and we raised the financing following the request, as the road is a main route of trade and investment for Ethiopia,’’ said Melaku.

There are 2,200 vehicles using the route daily, according to an ERA statement. The old bridge, with a carrying capacity of 36.6tns, allowed only one vehicle to cross at a time, whereas on the new bridge two can pass simultaneously. The new bridge has a carrying capacity for 40.8tns.

Construction began in March 2012, taking two years to complete, said ERA’s project engineer Tewdros Woldegiorgis, who oversaw the construction of the bridge.

“Now we are in the final stage, painting road lines. The project will be fully finalised by the start of January 2015,” said Tewdros.

Japan has previously financed the construction of the Renaissance Bridge over the Abay River at Dejen. This bridge was inaugurated in 2008 by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

http://addisfortune.net/articles/awash-bridge-opens-to-traffic/
 

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Awash Bridge Opens to Traffic

On Friday December 5, 2014 a new bridge over the Awash River along the Ethiopia-Djibouti road opened to traffic. The structure was wholly financed by the aid arm of the Japanese government.

The 145m bridge is located five kilometres from Awash town, in the Afar Regional State, 220Km south east of the capital. The bridge replaces an old bridge which was constructed 40 years ago. The new bridge is 9.5m wide and includes 935m of new road linking it to the main road at either end. It cost Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 240 million Br, said Melaku Getachew, JICA is communication officer.
The bridge was constructed by Soto Kijol with the consultancy of Central Construction, both of which are Japanese firms undertaking their first projects in Ethiopia. Both the old and new bridges will remain in service, although the old bridge needs minor maintenance, Ethiopian Roads Agency (ERA) says.

“The request of the financing came from the government of Ethiopia and we raised the financing following the request, as the road is a main route of trade and investment for Ethiopia,’’ said Melaku.

There are 2,200 vehicles using the route daily, according to an ERA statement. The old bridge, with a carrying capacity of 36.6tns, allowed only one vehicle to cross at a time, whereas on the new bridge two can pass simultaneously. The new bridge has a carrying capacity for 40.8tns.

Construction began in March 2012, taking two years to complete, said ERA’s project engineer Tewdros Woldegiorgis, who oversaw the construction of the bridge.

“Now we are in the final stage, painting road lines. The project will be fully finalised by the start of January 2015,” said Tewdros.

Japan has previously financed the construction of the Renaissance Bridge over the Abay River at Dejen. This bridge was inaugurated in 2008 by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

http://addisfortune.net/articles/awash-bridge-opens-to-traffic/
WHAT I DONT GET HERE IS THAT, THE OLD BRIDGE HA A CAPACITY OF 36 TONS AND THE NEW HAS 40, WHILE THE OLD ACCOMODATES FOR ONLE ONE VEHICLE, THE NEW CAN LET TWO TRUCKS USE THE BRIGE.. KEEPING THAT IN MIND, THERE IS ONLY 4 TONS OF CAPACITY DIFFERNCE BETWEEN THE TWO BRIDGES. MAY BE A TRUCK WILL NOT WEIGH THAT MUCH, BUT I KIND OF EXPECTED THE NEW ONE TO HAVE DOUBLE THE LOAD BEARING CAPACITY OF THE OLD ONE.
ANYWAY, MARCH FORWARD ETHIOPIA!! AND GOOD JOB FOR THOSE WHO MADE THE PROJECT A REALITY.
 
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