Morocco builds the longest suspension bridge in Africa
First of its kind in Morocco and one of the biggest in Africa, the suspension bridge in the city of Rabat went live Thursday. 950 meters long, it is part of the capital ring highway, and is of its architecture one of the finest works of the country.
After 5 years of work, the Rabat motorway bypass is now operational. This project has required no less than 3.2 billion dirhams (295 million euros), partly funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB), was inaugurated Thursday, July 7, by the king of Morocco. Spanning 42 km, this bypass is at the heart of the motorway canvas that Morocco has implemented over the last fifteen years. It is expected that approximately 20 000 vehicles can circulate there every day.
The flagship publication of this highway is the cable-stayed bridge over the river Bouregrag. This is one of the longest in Africa, with its 950 meters, its two towers 200 meters high and apron (road traffic area) 30 meters wide. It was designed arched symbolizing the new doors of both cities Rabat and Salé.
First of its kind in Morocco, the book has exceeded 730 million dirhams (over 67 million), an investment which was attended by the World Bank. It was conducted by the Chinese company “China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group” who participated in the construction of the Kigamboni Bridge in Tanzania, 680 meters long and was commissioned in April.
Last month, during the China visit of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has signed 15 agreements PPP as part of a “strategic partnership” to offer China a basic development in the direction of Africa. On this occasion the Haite group agreed with Morocco-China International and BMCE Bank of Africa, to the establishment of a Sino-Moroccan investment fund with a target size of $ 10 billion. The Chinese central bank also signed a currency swap agreement worth $ 1.54 billion with its Moroccan counterpart.