Chinese contractor to finish Mozambican bridge ahead of schedule

13 August 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Aug – A new bridge over Mozambique’s River Incomati will be finished four months ahead of schedule by the Chinese company responsible for the project, officials have said.

The director of Mozambique’s ANE highways agency said he was given assurances from China Henman International Cooperation Group (CHICO) during a recent visit to the construction site that the bridge, linking Moamba to Sabie, will be competed in February 2008, rather than July next year as originally expected under the terms of the contract.

The new bridge is valued at US$ 8 million, including funds for auditing the project. The Mozambican state’s representative on the undertaking, Basilio Nzunga, said an official study on the venture has confirmed the project is likely to be concluded four months early, thus “saving the Maputo government 1.5 million meticais, if there are no upsets.”

The bridge is 300 meters long and 10 meters wide, including two lanes for traffic and sidewalks, and is carried on 11 pillars at a height of 2 meters above the water levels reached during severe flooding in 2000, which destroyed the bridge and effectively cut off Sabie.

Access to Sabie is currently provided by a temporary metal structure, which is removed when water levels on the River Incomati rise. (macauhub)