According to bank information, the proposed project comprises the construction of a permanent bridge across the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe. This route provides the shortest and vital link between D145 in Luangwa district of Zambia and A2 of Zimbabwe. The width of the river crossing is approximately 450 metres and the site is located in fairly rolling terrain with an erratic annual rainfall pattern ranging from 600 -700mm/year. The river exhibits high seasonal water flows at the possible bridge site since it is near the confluence of Luangwa and Zambezi rivers.
It is anticipated that once the bridge is constructed, and access roads linked to the bridge, the Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) will increase and members of the community and the general public will use the bridge as it will provide a shorter route from D145 in Luangwa District to Kanyemba district of Zimbabwe. The link between Zimbabwe and Zambia through Feira bridge will provide the shortest route from Zimbabwe into the eastern part of Zambia and hence providing a vital link to the Nacala Corridor.
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