The Sh1.7 billion Likoni Floating Bridge, expected to be opened to the public in mid-month, will be 800 meters long and will have a six-meter wide walkway.
The Likoni Floating Bridge will have a 150-meter long movable part, right at the middle, which will be opened and closed to allow for ships to pass through to and from the Mombasa port.
The movable part will be connected to motors on both sides of the section to allow the Likoni Floating Bridge to open and close.
The northern trestle, which is the part between the start of the bridge on the Island side where the movable part will start, will be 248m long. The southern trestle will be 188m long.
The road approaching the start of the bridge on the Island side, known as the North approach road, will be 162m long while the South approach road on the mainland side will be 175m long.
Kenya National Highways Authority engineer Erick Wambua said piling, which forms the foundation of the bridge, is made of special concrete that is strong enough to withstand the weight of the bridge.
It is reinforced by steel structures which will also support the actual floating bridge.
Pontoons will be placed on either side of the movable section to reinforce the support structure of the bridge.
The National Police Service will present a suicide assessment report before the committee detailing the number of suicide cases that occur at the Likoni crossing channel, the frequency at which they occur, the underlying causes, among other issues.
“This report will inform the actions or measures that will be taken to prevent such from happening at the floating bridge,” the source said.
The bridge will have divers on standby on a 24-hour basis to rescue anyone who may fall into the water.
“The bridge is a highly mechanized one. Two tugboats will be there to push open or close the movable section of the bridge in case the machines fail and the movable parts fail to open,” the committee member said.
Constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation in conjunction with Kenha, the floating bridge is one of its kind in Africa. Engineers say this is the second of its kind in the world. The first is in China.
“The bridge will be used for about five years, by which time the Mombasa Gateway Bridge is expected to be ready for use,” said the committee member.