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Photos: Ugandans celebrate iconic cable-stay bridge over River Nile

Photos: Ugandans celebrate iconic cable-stay bridge over River Nile

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<p><strong>Ugandans are celebrating the commissioning of a new cable stay bridge over the river Nile in the Eastern town of Jinja, described by president Yoweri Museveni as ‘spectacular’, after he toured it by night.</strong></p> <p>The Source of the Nile Bridge, commissioned on Wednesday, is expected to enhance economic and regional integration with neighbouring countries like Kenya, provide safer travel and enhance tourism.</p> <p>Described as an architectural and engineering marvel, the new bridge constructed over four years, at a cost of Uganda Shillings 313 billion ($82m), has the following features;</p> <ul> <li>72 harp-like white cables connecting the bridge deck to two 69-metre tall inverted-Y pylon towers</li> <li>Lightning arrestors, which run from the deck to each tip of the inverted-Y pylon towers</li> <li>There are 202 Light-Emitting Diodes (<span class="caps">LED</span>) bulbs at the base of the cables, but with the meridian of the deck, that light up the 72 stay cables</li> <li>The 525m-long bridge has a central span of 290m, end spans of 135m and 100m on the east and west banks respectively</li> <li>It has a dual carriageway 7.0m wide with a pedestrian walk way of 2.25m wide on both ends</li> </ul> <p>“We did best quality assurance and rigorous quality control and tested the construction materials with state-of-the-art equipment, both within and abroad in Singapore and Japan,’‘ said Eng Lawrence Pario, the contractor manager of the bridge whose construction was financed by the Japanese government.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgeone.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgetwo.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgethree.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgefour.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgesix.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/56/80/568077/1024x576_bonus-bridgeseven.jpg" alt="" /></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ugandans officially embrace the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SourceofTheNileBridge?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SourceofTheNileBridge</a> .First walk!First run! To miles of smiles. <a href="https://t.co/p9AsOQBxpr">pic.twitter.com/p9AsOQBxpr</a></p>— <span class="caps">UNRA</span>_UGANDA (@UNRA_UG) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNRA_UG/status/1052561179481186304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SourceoftheNileBridge?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SourceoftheNileBridge</a> as seen from above.<br /> Uganda newest baby.<br /> Pic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PPU?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PPU</a><a href="https://twitter.com/UNRA_UG?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>UNRA_UG</a> <a href="https://t.co/yrtRF4o6WP">pic.twitter.com/yrtRF4o6WP</a></p>— Sarah Kyobe N. (</code>kyobesarah) <a href="https://twitter.com/kyobesarah/status/1052522085510197250?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Black ? Yellow ? Red ❤ = ??<br /> Stunning sights of the new <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SourceOfTheNileBridge?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SourceOfTheNileBridge</a> <a href="https://t.co/LOvl8CQ5qU">pic.twitter.com/LOvl8CQ5qU</a></p>— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) <a href="https://twitter.com/UgandaMediaCent/status/1052457052541505536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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