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Strabag to build Africa's highest bridge

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A £96M (€106M) contract to build Africa’s highest bridge has been awarded to Strabag.

Strabag was hired by the South African National Roads Agency to carry out construction in a joint venture with South African company Aveng Grinaker.

The bridge, which will be 1,132m long and 223m high, will cross the River Mtentu near the South African town of Flagstaff in the eastern part of the country.

Strabag chief executive Thomas Birtel said: “While our focus is clearly on the European market, we do occasionally execute projects outside of Europe in which we can especially apply our technical know-how.

“With this in mind, we look forward to realising Africa’s highest bridge together with a local partner.”

The project, which is set to take 40 months, will use two bridge building methods.

The northern and southern portions of the bridge will be built using incremental launching and the centre using the balanced cantilever method.

The completed bridge will stand on13 piers.

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