Three longest bridges in Africa
The bridge was built with assistance from the Japanese government.
The main contractor was KajimaCorporation
The Japanese grant, accounting for 60% of the construction cost (or 13.5 billion yen), was agreed to during the visit of then-President Hosni Mubarak to Japan in March 1995, as part of a larger project to develop the Sinai Peninsula .
Egypt bore the remaining 40% (9 billion yen). The bridge was opened in October 2001.
How long is the bridge?
The bridge, which has a 70-metre (229 ft 8 in) clearance over the canal and is 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) long, consists of a 400-metre (1,300 ft) cable-stayed main span and two 1.8-kilometre (1.1 mi) long approach spans.
The height of the two main pylons supporting the main span is 154 metres (505 ft) each. The towers were designed in the shape of Pharaonic obelisks .
The clearance under the bridge is 70 metres (229 ft 8 in). Therefore, the maximum height of ships that can pass through the Suez Canal ( Suezmax) is 68 metres (223 ft 1 in) above the waterline.
2.Third Mainland Bridge, Nigeria
Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the other are the Eko and Carter bridges.
It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge located in Cairo was completed.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and Lagos-Ibadan expressway, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba . The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC.
By 2006, Many commuters had reported that the Third Mainland Bridge was vibrating noticeably, indicating that it needed urgent attention.
As a result, remedial work was commenced on the portions of the bridge at different times, leading to partial closure of the bridge at different times.
As at January 2013, this work was completed.
Recently, there have been rumours of cracks on the bridge.
This, however, was denied by authorities.
The eight-lane bridge experienced a new look during the last repairing exercise, painting the bridge guide with the colour of Nigeria green, white, green, and also general painting was carried out for a new look.
The repair works on the bridge has been completed and was opened on 30 October 2012.
The Third Mainland Bridge has very high vehicular traffic on weekdays, as many residents commute to and from the Lagos Mainland to the Island which is the commercial hub of Lagos State.
Residents in Ikeja, Agboyi-Ketu, Ikorodu , Isheri, Oworonshoki, Gbagada, Yaba, Maryland and Oshodi.
The Third Mainland Bridge is an essential part of Lagos’ daily commuting, and as such requires to be constantly renovated.
It has also come to be a major Lagos icon, offering different views of Lagos – the Lagos Lagoon, the University of Lagos Waterfront and Makoko, a shanty town built on the Lagos Lagoon.
On July 6 2020, it was announced that the bridge will be closed for six months due to repairs.
How long is the bridge?
The phase one of the project was commissioned by President Shehu Shagari in 1980 and completed by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990; it measures about 11.8 km in length.
1.6th October bridge, Egypt
The 6th October Bridge is an elevated highway in central Cairo, Egypt. The 20.5 kilometres bridge and causeway crosses the Nile twice from the west bank suburbs, east through Gezira Island to Downtown Cairo, and on to connect the city to the Cairo International Airport to the east.
The bridge and causeway were completed in 1996, with construction taking nearly 30 years. It began in 1969 with the modest, 130 metres (430 ft)-long Phase 1, which only spanned the smaller west branch of the Nile from Gezira to Agouza (built from May 1969to August 1972).
The 6th October Bridge has been called the ‘spinal cord’ of Cairo, with approximately half a million Cairene people using it on a daily basis.
Due to its role as Cairo’s central East–West automobile and truck route, the bridge and causeway is nearly always crowded with traffic, with the trip from one end to another taking up to 45 minutes.
How long is the bridge?
The bridge and causeway were completed in 1996, with construction taking nearly 30 years.
It began in 1969 with the modest, 130 metres (430 ft)-long Phase 1, which only spanned the smaller west branch of the Nile from Gezira to Agouza (built from May 1969 to August 1972).
Phase 9 completed the 21.193 kilometres (13.169 mi)-long final length in 2005. The ‘6th October Bridge and Flyover’ runs from the Agricultural Museum in Dokki east to the Autostrade in Nasr City .