Brazzaville–Kinshasa Bridge

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The Brazzaville–Kinshasa Bridge is a proposed road-rail bridge planned to connect Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are major capital cities on the Congo River.[1][2] The project has proceeded intermittently, most recently reactivated in 2017.[3]

The bridge would need to be about 4 km long.

Advantages[edit]

  • Amongst other things, the proposed bridge would connect Kinshasa via rail to the deepwater 10.46 m draft port at Pointe Noire[4] rather than the shallower 8.20 m draft river port at Matadi.[5]
  • The railway systems of both countries use the same gauge, namely 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • With ever bigger ships, shipping companies prefer to use fewer ports.
  • The connected railways can share rolling stock which saves capital costs.
  • If one line is closed, for example by floods, traffic can be diverted to the other line.
  • There are potential lines from Angola and Namibia which would create a better network.

Disadvantages[edit]

  • A minor detail would be to eventually unify couplers and brakes, etc., if not already compatible.
  • The Republic of the Congo might be more exposed to political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The great expense of construction.
  • Cost of maintenance would be an ongoing stress on both countries' budgets.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brazzaville-Kinshasa rail/road bridge project - a project in Congo". MBendi.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  2. ^ "Building today, a better Africa tomorrow". African Development Bank. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  3. ^ "Un pont reliant Brazzaville et Kinshasa: le projet se précise", Actualite.cd (in French), 2017
  4. ^ http://www.e-ships.net/ports/Congo/1143.htm[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.e-ships.net/ports/Congo%20(Democratic%20Republic)/1148.htm

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