Juba Nile Bridge rehabilitation to commence on Tuesday, says official


[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] An official from the Ministry of Roads, Bridges and Transport received and inspected 12 containers arriving at Gumbo from the United Kingdom on Sunday, and announced that Juba Nile Bridge rehabilitation will start on Tuesday of this week. The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Roads, Bridges and Transport, Engineer Gabriel Makur Amuor, received 12 containers, a consignment from United Kingdom.

Addressing media, Makur said the bid came after the council of ministers passed a resolution earlier this year to rehabilitate this bridge, a project estimated to cost 1.5 million US dollars. .

Makur further explained the importance of the bridge to the nation, saying,

“This bridge in fact is a lifeline to people of South Sudan because it is the only bridge that is workable. You can see the traffic of heavy trucks and vehicles that are passing over it, which is more than 1,500 per a day, leave alone motorbikes and bicycles,” he adds.

He assured that the company guarantees the goods that are in containers.  He added that the ministry has contracted Rhino Star for Roads and Bridges Construction Company to schedule their work programs and start the rehabilitation soon, “so that we notify the public on how to cross the bridge and also to notify security, to assist because possibilities of company working at night are there,” explained Makur.

Makur applauded the locally contracted company Rhino Star for maintaining the bridge this far, even as some spare parts had worn out. “The dike was being used while some its parts have worn out, which makes the traffic shift lanes from one to another,” he revealed.

The Founder of Rhino Star for Roads and Bridges Construction Company, Mr. Atem Ngor, assures the ministry and the public that the company is now ready to repair and complete the whole work within 21 days starting from Tuesday 22nd September, 2015. 

 “We assure you that the work is going to be properly done,” said Ngor.

He calls on the public and security to cooperate with the working team to allow them finish their work within the required period. Rhino Star is also contracted to rehabilitate eight other bridges that are on Bor roads, Torit roads, Tereka roads, Yei roads, among others.

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