Wadi el Kuf Bridge

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Wadi el Kuf Bridge
جسر وادي الكوف
Jisr Wadi Al Kuf
Wadi el Kuf Bridge 1970's.jpg
Coordinates 32°41′48″N 21°33′56″E / 32.696545°N 21.56561°E / 32.696545; 21.56561Coordinates: 32°41′48″N 21°33′56″E / 32.696545°N 21.56561°E / 32.696545; 21.56561
Carries Msah Rode
Locale Bayda, Libya
Characteristics
Design Cable-stayed
Material Reinforced concrete
Total length 477 m
Width 13.3 m
Longest span 282 m
Clearance above 172 m
History
Designer Riccardo Morandi
Constructed by C.S.C
Construction start 1967
Construction end 1971
Opened 1972

Wadi el Kuf Bridge (Formal Arabic: جسر وادي الكوف, Jisr Wadi Al Kuf), is a bridge located 20 km west of Bayda, Libya. It is the second highest bridge in Africa.

It was designed by Italian civil engineer Riccardo Morandi. Construction of the bridge began in 1965 and the bridge was opened in 1972. The bridge crosses the Kouf Valley.It is about 282 meters long, and 160 meters in height at a cost of $5.3 million US.

On 26 October 2017 the Security Directorate of the Green Mountain region in east Libya called on the security services to close down Wadi el Kuf Bridge, following recent inspections that identified potential fractures in the bridge.[1]

A similar bridge, designed by Morandi in Genoa and called Ponte Morandi, also presented problems and one of its towers collapsed on 14 August 2018 with the result of 43 people killed.

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