Pan African Construction retrieved part of the Omo River Bridge that collapsed two years ago.
In April 2011, a 90 metre portion of the Omo River Bridge, which was under construction in Omorate Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional state, 850km from Addis Ababa, collapsed. Officials at the time explained that the iron bars supporting the construction was unable to support the weight of the bridge, resulting in the collapse.
Contracted by the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) Pan African Construction retrieved part of the bridge from the river and is now awaiting for a contractor to complete the construction.
The construction of the 58 million birr, 200 metres Omo River Bridge was awarded to Midroc Construction in 2005, and was originally planned to be completed in 2010.
The bridge is an integral part of the region’s development plans, as it would link Nyangatom and Dassenech woredas, once it is completed. It is also central to the Mombassa–Nairobi–Addis Ababa corridor which, in turn, is an important part of the Trans-African Highway from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa.