KAMPALA (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday
unveiled the country’s first ever cable-stayed bridge.
Museveni said while
commissioning the bridge named Source of the Nile Bridge that
the country is making effort to use road transport for light
cargo while the railway will be for heavy cargo.
The ceremony was
telecast live across the country.
The 525 meter long
bridge was built across River Nile, in the eastern Ugandan
district of Jinja.
The iconic dual
carriage facility is another major connection to the busy
import-export route for Uganda through Kenya. Goods in transit
to or from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and
South Sudan will also use the bridge.
The 112.6 million
U.S. dollar bridge is designed to last 120 years and will lift
the weight off the old Nalubaale Bridge whose 50-year life span
expired in 2004.