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Any updates from the Mapuka Causeway?? I hear they were building a bridge there...
 

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Hey i posted this article here on the removal of the Mbita Causeway



Once complete, the bridge, which is eight metres above the water level, will help restore water currents and allow the free movement of fish from the shallow grounds (breeding sites) to deeper waters bordering Tanzania and Uganda.

“The project, which is being undertaken by a Chinese contractor (China Jianghi International Construction Ltd), was supposed to be completed in August this year but after the residents appealed for further redesigning, we expect it to be complete in the next five months,” he says.


BRIDGE DESIGN

According to the engineer, the bridge was initially designed to be three metres above the water level but its height was increased to eight metres to enable it to accommodate larger boats and vehicles.

The bridge will be 160 metres tall, with a 70-metre carriage width for vehicles, and two metres for pedestrians. The vehicles and pedestrians will use the upper side of the bridge while the larger boats will use the lower side.

However, Mr Kabugu says, due to inadequate funds, the height of the bridge cannot be extended to accommodate ferries, which require a minimum of 13 metres above the water, while the bridge is only eight metres above the water.

Mr Kabugu says, first, they will install at least 42 piers (reinforcements) forthe bridge.

“We will then drill a further 15 to 20 metres to get to some solid ground under the water. After laying the foundation and the piers are put in place, a steel structure will be ssembled over the bridge,” says, Mr Kabugu, pointing at the ongoing works.

He says the steel structure will be imported and then assembled on site.


“We fear we might not meet the deadline because of the technical hitches we are experiencing,” he Mr Kabugu says, adding that the bridge will consist of two components, namely the super structure which consists of bridge beams and girders, and the reinforcement steel component.

He says the bridge, which can accommodate up to 54 tonnes, can last more than 70 years, as long as it is properly maintained.

Thrilled by the fact that the bridge will not only provide a better connection between Mbita mainland and Rusinga Island, but also allow free flow of water, local residents say there will be no more need for Kenya to fight over Migingo island with Uganda — Uganda can take the mostly rocky structure if it wants, they sneer — since fish from Uganda and Tanzania will be able to move freely around the lake borders.

Philip Odero, who normally travels between the Rusinga and the mainland by boat, says the bridge will greatly reduce the distance.

“We will benefit from easier and cheaper transport,” he says.

Meanwhile, Mr Dancan Ajwang’, a fisherman, is thrilled that they will have enough fish stocks to sustain local production, as well as well as have some to send to other parts of the country.
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The bridge will be 160 metres tall, with a 70-metre carriage width for vehicles, and two metres for
pedestrians. The vehicles and pedestrians will use the upper side of the bridge while the larger boats will
use the lower side.
Don't they mean, 8m tall, 169m long and 7m carriage way for vehicles?
 

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Don't they mean, 8m tall, 169m long and 7m carriage way for vehicles?
I call it hogwash journalism. They never pause for a moment to get the fine details correct, and the finer details are what matters in such a report.....yao ni hekaya za abunuasi.....
 

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This is a new clip from 2014. So how far have the works commenced??

The chinese usually deliver on projects fast but so far they have been a huge disappointment on this project. Could it be the government funding or the works were too complicated??
 

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Looks like the project has stalled...

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Any updates on this??
 

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The Bumala - Port Victoria Road is basically complete though no road marking yet. Work has started from Ruambwa to Namalo to connect this road the also basically complete Siaya - Ruambwa Road. A bridge is also being built at Sigiri across river Nzoia together with approach roads to connect the Mau Mau side to the Port Victoria side. Another road is also being built from Ruambwa to Budalangi.11

About the Mbita Bridge I have no idea what is going on.
 

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The Bumala-Port Victoria (Port Bunyala) road was pretty much complete by the time I visited in 2014. If they have not marked the roads by now, looks like they may never do so. Samoude, is it possible to drive to Siaya from Port Victoria via Ruambwa without the new bridge at Sigiri completed? Is there an old bridge? Is this a butimen road?

The Bumala - Port Victoria Road is basically complete though no road marking yet. Work has started from Ruambwa to Namalo to connect this road the also basically complete Siaya - Ruambwa Road. A bridge is also being built at Sigiri across river Nzoia together with approach roads to connect the Mau Mau side to the Port Victoria side. Another road is also being built from Ruambwa to Budalangi.11

About the Mbita Bridge I have no idea what is going on.
 

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The Bumala-Port Victoria (Port Bunyala) road was pretty much complete by the time I visited in 2014. If they have not marked the roads by now, looks like they may never do so. Samounde, is it possible to drive to Siaya from Port Victoria via Ruambwa without the new bridge at Sigiri completed? Is there an old bridge? Is this a butimen road?
It is possible. There has always been a bridge at Ruambwa. The Siaya - Ruambwa road is very nice save for a very small section at Nyadorera. (around 500m). Contractor is still on the ground.
 

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Last photo.... Very beautifully beach town... Hope they have kept it clean. It can be a tourist destination
 

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Mbita - Rusinga Island Bridge



This project is now 95% complete.Apparently its a vital bridge that will transform the area by allowing free flow of water between the Winam gulf and the rest of the lake.
It replaces the 25 year old Mbita causeway which blocked the two water bodies.





Construction Stage




^^ the new bridge towering above the Mbita causeway which will be demolished.






Nearing Completion







 

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Will they remove the earth under the bridge? I remember in the designs they mentioned that this will enable free flow of water from both sides and also bring fish into the bay
 

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^^The Mbita Causeway, which is the "Earth under the bridge" that you refer to, will be demolished, once the bridge is open to traffic. Once that causeway is out of the way, this will def. open up the movement of water between the lake and Winam gulf: Causeway Location
 
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