An important bridge linking Rusinga Island and Mbita town will be opened in two weeks’ time.
The completion of Mbita Causeway, championed by the national government at a cost of 817 million, is expected to end perennial drowning incidents witnessed in the area.
Many people have drowned at the crossing after their boats capsized while returning to the island from the mainland and vice versa.
It is at the crossing that Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo’s father, Mr Harrison Odhiambo Opiyo, died in November 1973 while returning to his home on the island after a meeting in Mbita town.
One of the engineers building the bridge said the bridge is 98 per cent complete.
“The remaining work includes establishing a bitumen course on the bridge and putting up signs and guard rails. What is left will take two weeks after which we will open the bridge for use,” said Engineer Raphael Kabugu.
The bridge is 160 metres long, 10 metres wide and eight metres high. The road joining the bridge to the island is 500 metres long; the one joining from town measures 250 metres. A causeway is an elevated road or railway, usually across a broad body of water or wetland.
“The bridge is designed in such a way that ferries and other vessels, except ships, will pass under it,” Kabugu said in an interview with The Standard.
Area resident, Oscar Odero, hailed the bridge saying he is happy that he will be able to cross to town and back without fear.
“Many people have died after their boats capsized. We are grateful for the bridge, which is also expected to improve business in this area,” said Odero, 60.
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