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General Information

Other name(s): President Mobuto Sese Seko Bridge
Beginning of works: 1979
Completion: 1983
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Secondary structure(s): Structurae Plus
Function / usage: Road bridge
Railroad (railway) bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Location

Location: , ,
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Coordinates: 5° 49' 30.36" S    13° 26' 3.13" E
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Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 722 m
span lengths 91 m - 520 m - 91 m
deck deck width 12 m

Quantities

structural steel 13 200 t

Materials

truss steel

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Matadi Bridge, also known as the OEBK Bridge, is a suspension bridge across the Congo River at the port of Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo. It was until November 2018 the largest suspension bridge in Africa. It was completed in 1983 by a consortium of Japanese companies. It has a main span of 520 metres (1,710 ft), and crosses the Congo River. It is in fact the only bridge to cross the Congo river proper; the only other bridge is found on the Lualaba River, namely the Kongolo Bridge, near the town Kongolo, in the eastern province Katanga - some 2,200 km to the east by road or 3,800 on the Congo river.

Construction

Matadi Bridge was completed in 1983 by a consortium of Japanese companies. It has a main span of 520 metres (1,710 ft) and crosses the Congo River. Matadi Bridge was built with 14,000 tons of steel. The bridge is designed in a way to emphasize that the towers are made up of bar members, with each tower being a single rigid frame. 25 million of 34.5 million Japanese yen invested in the bridge returned to Japan. During war time the bridge was guarded and still remains as of 2016.

Railway

The railway line across the bridge is either no longer used for a line to Boma and Muanda or yet to be used.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Matadi Bridge" and modified on 22 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

Participants

Owner
Consulting engineers
Contractor
Steel construction

Relevant Web Sites

  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20003202
  • Published on:
    09/03/2002
  • Last updated on:
    05/02/2016