Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Aug – Eleven road bridges are to be built or rebuilt in seven Mozambican provinces by 2011 in a program valued at US$ 158 million, media have reported.
The Noticias newspaper, citing official documents Thursday, said five of the bridges in question are currently under construction, of which two, Guija in Gaza province and Lugela in Zambezia province, will be opened by the end of the year.
In addition to the 11 bridges considered as priority projects by the Maputo government, many other structures carrying smaller roads require rehabilitation, the official documents reveal.
Following the conclusion and inauguration of the Guija and Lugela bridges later this year, the head of Mozambique’s ANE highways agency, Ibrahimo Remane, said another bridge to be opened to traffic next year will be at Unidade, linking Mozambique and Tanzania over the River Rovuma.
Additionally, the Sabie bridge at Moamba in Maputo province, and the Meluli bridge in Nampula province will open in 2008 and have a strong impact on local social and economic development, noted Remane.
The ANE chief added that work on the Sabie bridge, being carried out by Chinese contractor CHICO, could be finished ahead of the 18-month deadline agreed in January 2007. (macauhub)