Arup and Bechtel to build Rwanda pedestrian bridge

A team of 10 engineers drawn from Arup and Bechtel have partnered with charity Bridges to Prosperity

A team of volunteers from Arup and Bechtel are spending two weeks of their summer building a pedestrian bridge in Rwanda.

The new span will provide safe, year-round access to schools, markets, and health care facilities for the 12,000 residents of Kukibuye.

In the last year, two people were killed and seven were injured while walking across the logs that currently cross the Mukungwa River near the northwestern Rwandan village.

The team of 10 engineers drawn from Arup and Bechtel have partnered with Bridges to Prosperity, a US-based non-profit that specialises in designing and building footbridges to improve the lives of isolated rural communities.

Arup and Bechtel Group Foundation contributed £45,000 to cover the cost of materials and labour, while individual team members carried out their own fundraising to contribute an additional £6,000 to the effort.

The people of Kukibuye have already prepared the foundations for the 42-meter suspension bridge in advance of the construction phase.

The team will be working in close collaboration with the community throughout construction to share knowledge on building safe, efficient, and locally appropriate footbridges.

 

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