Construction of bridge over River Zambeze begins December 20

13 December 2005

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Dec – The building of the bridge over the River Zambeze between Caia and Chimuara, in the Mozambican provinces of Sofala and Zambézia, respectively, begins on December 20, Mozambique’s Public Works Minister, Felício Zacarias said in Maputo Monday.

“The work will begin on the 20th of December and should take 36 months,” Zacarias said in a press conference.

The funds required for the project have already been gathered. The European Union (EU) is contributing 25 million euros and Sweden a further 21 million euros. Italy has pledged 20 million euros and the loan is expected to be finalized shortly between the two governments.

Zacarias added that the company that had won the concession to build the bridge was selected on December 6, but said he was unable to give its name at the moment.

Once finished the bridge will be 16 meters wide, 2,376 meters long and will have four traffic lanes.

Zacarias also said that rebuilding work on the North-South highway (of which the Zambeze bridge is a key section) would be finished by the end of the term of the current government, in 2009. (macauhub)