Construction of a floating bridge in Kenya has kicked off, the bridge which is first of its kind in the region connects Mombasa Island to the Mainland south, in the coastal region of Kenya.
The East African country under the leadership of their forth President, Uhuru Kenyatta has been on upward trajectory in infrastructural development.
Designed for pedestrians only, the Likoni floating bridge deck will comprise a 529 m long floating section, and 54 m long approaches on either side of the floating span.
It will have a discrete-continuous structural system with 35 double body supported boats, and two end boats with twin springboards installed to form the floating bridge deck.
The floating suspension bridge will be connected by pins and hinges and guard rails which will be installed on either side of the deck to ensure pedestrian safety.
The construction work for the causeway and a holding bay is set for completion by the end of August, while the whole project is set for completion by November of this year.
The bridge is expected to complement the existing ferry services to streamline ‘safe passageways’ for pedestrians and reduce overcrowding that characterizes the busy channel and consequently lower the risk of contracting Covid-19 on the vessels that ferry more than 300,000 commuters and approximately 6,000 vehicles every single day.
It also creates the shortest route linking Mombasa Island to mainland south and onward to the neighbouring Kwale County thus reducing the link distance and cutting on time spent on queuing to board the ferries.