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South Sudan Plans to Build $90 Million Bridge Over Nile in Juba

October 28, 2011

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- South Sudan said it’s planning to build a $90 million bridge bridge across the Nile river in Juba, the capital, with funding from Japan.

South Sudanese officials have approved a final draft report on the feasibility study of the 650-meter (2,130-feet) bridge that will be presented to the government of Japan.

“This comes at a time when the traffic in and out of Juba is growing steadily while the present bridge, constructed about 1976, is deteriorating and unable to accommodate big traffic,” the government said today in a statement on its website.

Hanatana Atsushi, resident representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, said the existing bridge will also be renovated and that both will “facilitate quick passage of goods and services, according to the statement. It will take six months for engineers to prepare a detailed design and another six months to build it, he said.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Antony Sguazzin

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Ferrie in Juba, South Sudan, at jferrie1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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