PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, has provided 26 modular steel bridges to Administração Nacional de Estradas, the National Road Administration of Mozambique, which will be installed in rural areas to restore transportation routes damaged by cyclones in 2019.
The modular steel structures range from 30 to 60 metres in length and each has a single 4.2-metre-wide traffic lane.
The bridges were procured with loans and grants from the African Development Fund as part of the Post Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project, indicates a release, adding the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure to restore connectivity to isolated regions is one of the goals of the project.
Acrow bridges are used for emergency applications due to the modular design which allows for customization to meet site requirements and the bridges are also easily transported and installed. The company has been supplying permanent and temporary bridging to regions throughout Africa for decades and has trained thousands of African engineers and contractors in bridge assembly, installation and maintenance and arranged financing for numerous large-scale bridge development projects, adds the release.
“Acrow bridges are designed and manufactured with high-strength galvanized U.S. steel for a service life of 75 to 100 years, but are also an ideal solution for emergency applications,” said Bill Killeen, CEO of Acrow Bridge, in a statement. “The unique attributes of our modular bridges enable the rapid restoration of transportation lifelines, a critical part of achieving a level of normalcy following the loss of bridges and roadways.”