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Maccaferri flexible gabions help Democratic Republic of Congo to protect crucial bridges against erosion


Our gabion walls used for urgent rehabilitation works on two bridges between Kalemie and Uvira on the RN 5

In the politically unstable Province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our gabions are helping keep the crucial RN 5 that links the cities of Kalemie and Uvira, on the Lake Tanganyika western shores, open.

They are being used by local communities to build a long-lasting solution to stabilize the road’s two bridges, which were being severely undermined by erosion.

The project, funded by World Bank and FONER, includes protecting the sub-structures of the two bridges against erosion caused by flooding, along with the rehabilitation of bridge kerbing.

The process began in January 2017, when Kascor Engineering was awarded a contract by Cellule Infrastructures, a technical body of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Public Works in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The project is located in the Territory of Fizi, between the cities of Kalemie and Uvira in the province of South Kivu. The city of Uvira is on the northwestern shore of Lake Tanganyika, and only a 30-minute drive from Bujumbura, Capital City of the Republic of Burundi.

Political instability caused by armed groups forced KASCOR to suspend the works from time to time, however the project was successfully completed, on time and on budget.

The project was eventually begun in April 2017 and all the gabions and rehabilitation works were completed by August 2017. Mass gravity gabion walls were installed on both sides of the bridge abutments to control erosion and avoid possible substantial settlements.

One of the advantages offered by our gabions is that they are easy to install and require minimal skilled labour. We assisted Kascor with on-site training and this allowed them to utilize a 40-strong workforce from local communities, including women, thus contributing to local job creation.

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