Portuguese consortium wins tender to build bridge over Catumbela river, Angola

22 February 2007

Luanda, Angola, 22 Feb – The construction of the new bridge over Angola’s Catumbela river, along the Benguela/Lobito road, has been handed over to Portuguese consortium Mota Engil/Soares da Costa and is expected to take 18 months to complete, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

According to Angop, the bridge will make it possible to cross the river using the Benguela/Lobito highway, which is currently under construction, with a total length of 26 kilometers and two lanes.

The solution chosen by Angola’s National Road’s Institute, INEA, includes a single 160-meter arch to cross the river, which is made possible by suspension of the bridge.

The bridge over the Catumbela rover will include equipment that is usually required for projects of this kind, such as lighting of the lanes, electronic lightning rods on the top of the towers, security barriers and support equipment.

INEA did not reveal the cost of building the bridge. (macauhub)