Read the rest HEREOnce 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.
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.
Don't they mean, 8m tall, 169m long and 7m carriage way for vehicles?Adm. Adama said: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.
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.
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.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?