Kinshasa-Brazzaville Bridge Road/Rail Project
Champion : H.E. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, the Republic of Congo
Description : The construction of a fixed crossing linking Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with Brazzaville in Republic of Congo
Estimated total cost : 367 Million Euros
RECs : ECCAS, CEMAC, SADC and COMESA
Countries : Republic of Congo and the DRC
Background : The project comprises the construction of a combined road and rail bridge over the Congo River; the implementation of an OSBP; and the design, construction and operation of a railway line connecting Kinshasa and Brazzaville, and linking with the existing Lubumbashi-Ilebo line. The project has been divided into two sections, with the Republic of Congo leading the bridge/road component and the DRC leading the rail component between Kinshasa and Ilebo (1 000 km). The overall objective is to design a set of infrastructure aimed at improving regional transportation and trade connectivity through the construction of a fixed crossing linking Kinshasa and Brazzaville, ensuring continuity in railway traffic from Matadi and Pointe-Noire to the eastern border of the DRC, and beyond that towards the eastern and southern parts of Africa, consequently facilitating railway network interconnections in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Ultimately, the road-railway bridge project between Kinshasa and Brazzaville and the extension of the railway between Kinshasa and Ilebo will strengthen regional economic integration and trade within ECCAS under the Consensual Transport Master Plan adopted by member countries. The project will also lead to the improved efficiency and capacity of the transport sector in the countries involved.
Current Status: The feasibility study for the road component started in May 2011 and rail in June 2011. Rep. of Congo leading the road study and the Democratic Republic of Congo leading the rail study. The Maloukou Trechot site was selected for the bridge crossing following a feasibility study in 2012. The first phase of the detailed design study has been completed whilst the geotechnical studies for the bridge piles location will be completed during the dry season in 2016. A Joint Technical Committee for the Management of the project comprising members from ECCAS, CEMAC, DR Congo and the Republic of Congo was created.
Dr John Tambi
Senior Advisor – Transport Infrastructure and PICI Coordinator
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Country Focal Point Republic of Congo
Mr Eric Mbende
Director NEPAD Programmes and Projects
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