Ponte Samora Machel

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Its huge yellowish steel frames and its 4 giant same coloured towers stand head and shoulders above the city. It straddles the Zambezi river connecting the two halves of Tete. The Samora Machel Bridge named after the First president of Mozambique stands as a testament to the Mozambique spirit, connecting people.

The bridge was finished in 1973 and has been in use ever since. It is made up of 5 sections. A section from bank to the first tower (90 meters), then three sections from tower to tower of 180 meters and then the last section from tower to the other bank side which is again 90 meters. The total length of the bridge is 762 meters.

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Source: EmjayE2, Under Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tetesuspensionbridge.JPG

Around 500 vehicles cross the bridge each day and an estimated 700 light vehicles (bicycles, ect) cross each day as well.

In 2008 the Mozambique government launched a tender to repair the bridge as some of the cables had broken and because of safety reasons, only one truck could pass at the time.

In 2014 a second bridge was built over the Zambezi around 5km downstream from the Somora Machel Bridge.

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Source: J. Ventura, Under Creative Commons, https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Ponte_Kassuende_Mar%C3%A7o_2013.jpg

Sources:

Wikipedia (Samora Machel Bridge)Place and SeeStructuraeWikipedia (Samora Machel)Macau HubVictoria Falls 24Coast WeekDots ConnectedThe Water Page

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