The beautiful Msikaba Bridge is scheduled to become the second longest span crossing ever constructed on the African Continent with a tower to tower distance of 580 metres. Only the Maputo-Catembe Bridge in Mozambique will be longer, opening in 2018 with a suspension span of 680 metres. The new cable stayed bridge will also become the third highest bridge in Africa with a deck 194 metres high. This drop is exceeded only by the 216 metre high Bloukrans Bridge and the 223 meter high Mtentu Bridge, also located on the new N2 tollway bypass road.
The Msikaba and Mtentu Bridges are part of an improvement to the older N2 Wild Coast Toll Road that will be 85 kilometres shorter and three hours faster. Designed by DISSING+WEITLING, the concrete structure will have a deck 22.8 metre wide with walkways on both edges.
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) confirmed the reports and said the winning bid was a joint venture between South Africa’s Concor and Mota-Engil – a major international construction firm.
Sanral added that the N2 Wild Coast road project will be a major job creator in an area with an extremely high unemployment rate. Sanral’s direct job creation forecast is 1.8 million man-days or 8 000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the construction period of four to five years.
Construction is due to start in February 2019 and will last for 33 months, with initial planning proceedings set to begin in October 2018.