23 Jan 2023 Botswana: The President of the Republic visits the new bridge on the Okavango
This past Saturday, January 21 the President of the Republic of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi visited the new bridge over the Okavango River in the village of Mohembo. During the official event, a commemorative plaque was placed on the new infrastructure, which had already been opened to traffic in June 2022.
The visit of the country’s highest office testifies to the social importance of this project realised by Itinera, that connects the two banks of the river, which in the past were only joined by ferry boats.
The new cable-stayed bridge, with a total length of 1.2 km, is characterised by two pairs of steel support towers resembling the shape of an ‘elephant tusk’ and crosses the Okavango, the ninth longest river in Africa, connecting numerous villages and local communities.
The project also provides for an articulated access system to the infrastructure consisting of a road network of approximately 3 km.