Kazungula Bridge Road and Rail Bridge Finally Opens on Monday 10th May 2021
And why the unique curvature?
The plans started in 2007 to replace the ferry.
The planned bridge and rail was located at the quadripoint, a point that touches the border of four distinct territories at the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Due to lack of consesus and prolonged negotiations, Zambia and Bostwana settled to pursue the project and the final bridge curves to avoid the nearby borders of Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Finally in October 2014, the construction of the bridge over the Zambezi river between Zambia and Botswana began.
Construction was financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the African Development Bank at an estimated cost of US$ 259.3m.
The 923-metre-long by 18.5-metre-wide bridge has a longest span of 129 metres and link the town of Kazungula in Zambia with Botswana.
The bridge features a single-line railway track between two traffic lanes and pavements for pedestrians.
It also included the construction of One-Stop-Border-Post (OSBP) facilities at the border.
The Bridge will be run by the Kazungula Bridge Authority, and the One-Stop-Border-Post Agreement has been signed over the collection of gazetted toll fees.