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Dona Ana Bridge

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Carries  Sena railway
Preceded by  Samora Machel Bridge
Designer  Edgar Cardoso
Location  Vila de Sena
Construction end  1934
Crosses  Zambezi River
No. of spans  40
Total length  3,670 m
Body of water  Zambezi
Architect  Edgar Cardoso

Locale  Vila de Sena and Mutarara in Mozambique
Followed by  Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge
Similar  Armando Emilio Guebuza, Samora Machel Bridge, Ponte Kassuende, Katima Mulilo Bridge, Mozambique Island Bridge

The Dona Ana Bridge spans the lower Zambezi River between the towns of Vila de Sena and Mutarara in Mozambique, effectively linking the two halves of the country. It was originally constructed as a railway bridge to link Malawi and the Moatize coal fields to the port of Beira.

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History

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The 3.67 kilometres (2.28 mi) long Dona Ana Bridge was at that time the longest railway bridge in Africa. The bridge comprises 33 spans of 80m and 7 spans of 50m. Built by the Portuguese in 1934 during the Portuguese rule of Mozambique, it was rendered unusable in the 1980s, during the Mozambican Civil War.

The USAID assisted with the repairs and it was converted to a single-lane bridge for vehicle traffic.

Although not located on a primary highway, it provided an alternative route over the Zambezi. The other two options were the bridge at Tete and the former road ferry at Caia which was not always reliable. The Dona Ana Bridge is the longest bridge across the Zambezi and it used to be the last downstream bridge before the construction of the Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge in 2009.

The bridge was completely closed to vehicular traffic in October 2006 for rehabilitation and re-conversion to a rail bridge and was reopenned as a rail bridge in 2009.

Dona Ana Bridge Tracks4Africa Padkos The Dona Ana Railway Bridge CLOSED for vehicles
Dona Ana Bridge Tracks4Africa Padkos The Dona Ana Railway Bridge CLOSED for vehicles

References

Dona Ana Bridge Wikipedia


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