Plans for the bridge were first considered in Namibia in 1982, and the number 508 was allocated to the project. However, the occupyingSouth African government was opposed to the project, and only after Namibian independence was planning resumed in 1990. In 2002 the contract for construction was awarded to Concor of South Africa and Hochtief of Germany, with the bridge completed on schedule in 2004. The bridge was constructed using the German technique of incremental launching (Taktschiebe-Verfahren), with the deck of the bridge constructed on location then hydraulically pushed segment-by-segment across the river.
^ abWebsite of Dr. Klaus Dierks, first Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication in independent Namibia, involved in the planning and negotiations for the bridge, accessed 15 February 2005.