DISSING+WEITLING has designed two mega-bridge structures for the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road in the Eastern Cape Province on the east coast of South Africa. The size and complexity of the two bridges are beyond anything built previously in Southern Africa.
The bridges are part of a large infrastructural project – the 410-km N2 Wild Coast Toll Road from East London to Mtamvuna near Durban, containing the Msikaba Bridge, the Mtentu Bridge, as well as 7 additional major river bridges – aimed at drastically improving the infrastructural connections in the area.
The N2 Wild Coast Toll Road is not only a road project but also a catalyst for other development in the region, improving access, mobility and connectivity and creating better opportunities for eco-tourism and conventional tourism in the area.
The project, commissioned by SANRAL (The South African National Roads Agency), has been on hold for almost a decade, but now the funding is in place and the project up and running again. SANRAL will announce the contractors for the huge infrastructure project towards the end of 2016.
Construction will start in early 2017 with project completion expected for 2022.