In 2015 the Manafa Bridge along Mbale-Tororo highway caved in paralyzing traffic along the road that also connects to Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.
The collapsed bridge that was constructed 60 years ago formed a sizeable hole in the middle, with only motorcycles, bicycle riders and pedestrians able to go through a small portion that remained on one side. In a state of emergency, the Uganda National Roads Authority required a contractor to take on the job of replacing Manafa Bridge under a design and build contract.
The project lasted 12 months and involved the following works:
- Topographical, Geotechnical, Hydrological Surveys
- Detailed design process for foundations, sub and super Structures
- Traditional foundations to rock
- RC construction of 2 No. abutments
- Design, manufacture, shipping, erection of 25m span composite steel beam/concrete deck bridge
- Demolition of existing bridge
- Relocation of river course and river Protection
- Approach roads