President Kiir inaugurates Luri, Haboba bridges in Juba
President Salva Kiir Mayardit (M) cuts ribbon during the opening of Luri Bridge in Juba on Wednesday [Photo by Awan Achiek]

President Kiir inaugurates Luri, Haboba bridges in Juba

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday inaugurated the bridges of Luri and Haboba that had been undergoing rehabilitation for since last year. 

“The opening of Luri Bridge connects Juba to towns with production areas in Western Equatoria and as a result we expect immediate benefit of increase in local trading,” Kiir said during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday in Juba.

 He particularly, noted that the opening of these vital infrastructure will ease movement of people and goods.

Adding that the two bridges will also help in consolidating peace and regional integration.

“The opening of these two bridges will strengthen our work in peace consolidation and regional integration. As a landlocked country our access to the regional market depends on good roads and bridges,” Kiir revealed.

Taban Deng Gai, Vice President for Infrastructure Cluster, said plans are underway to also open the Wau Bridge in Western Bahr el Ghazal State.

 “We thank you (Kiir) for providing funding to take care of our roads and other developmental projects and your oil for development is a very productive policy,” Deng said.

Simon Mijak Mijok, Minister of Roads and Bridges, said that they plan to modernize all roads in the country.

 “The Ministry of Roads and Bridges is developing cohesive policy and planning framework to transform road transport into modern and sustainable roads,” Mijak said.

 Emmanuel Adil Anthony, Governor of Central Equatoria, said these bridges will link Juba to Western Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal regions thus contributing to economic development of the country.

Luri Bridge collapsed in April 2012 and several people have died in the past while attempting to navigate around it.

 Africa Resource Construction (ARC) a local company in partnership with a Chinese construction firm undertook construction of these bridges.

In 2019, the government allocated 86 million South Sudanese Pounds for the reconstruction of the bridge. 

Haboba Bridge has total length of 30 meters and the total length of Luri Bridge is 90 meters in length.

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