First rail-road bridge to link Kinshasa and Brazzaville
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa50 have signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo to develop and finance the first road-rail bridge project linking their capitals – Kinshasa and Brazzaville.
This USD 550 million landmark project consists of a 1.575 km toll bridge over the Congo River that will carry a single railway track, a double-lane road, sidewalks, and a border checkpoint at each end.
The bridge will improve transport networks between Kinshasa and Brazzaville. Once the bridge is built, freight traffic is expected to increase from 340,000 t at present to over 2 million t by 2025. (ben)