Inspection and assessment of the load-carrying capacity of railway bridges
SYSTRA Canada won the contract to inspect and assess the load-carrying capacity of Tanzania’s railway bridges.
The overall objectives of this project (funded by the World Bank) include updating the existing bridge and culvert register for Tanzania’s Central and Mwanza lines and identifying the structural rehabilitation work required to deploy inter-modal container trains with 15-ton axle loads.
The work is to be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 involves prioritising the bridges on the Dar es Salaam to Isaka route, and Phase 2 covers the bridges on the Tabora‐Kigoma line and the Isaka‐Mwanza portion of the Mwanza Line.
SYSTRA Canada is responsible for:
- Evaluating the load-carrying capacity of all the bridges, updating the existing bridge register, and accurately assessing the current condition of the bridges and culverts on these routes.
- Developing optimum solutions to strengthen the bridges for use by freight trains with 15-ton axle loads operating at speeds of up to 75km/h under Tanzania’s “Big Results NOW Program”;
- Preparing the structural designs, specifications and cost estimates for upgrading bridges with an ‘E’ rating.
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