Mozambique: Construction of bridge over Zambezi to meet deadline

13 December 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Dec – The construction of the bridge over the river Zambezi in Mozambique is moving ahead at a satisfactory rate and is expected to be finished on the agreed date, 12th March 2009, the director of the River Zambezi Bridge Office, Elias Paulo said Wednesday in Maputo.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the foundations for the 178 piles for construction of the bridge have been finished. The bridge will link the River’s banks in the regions of Caia, in Sofala province, and Chimuara, in Zambézia.

Budgeted to cost around 80 million euros and 25 million funded by the European Commission, 20 million by the Italian government, 18.312 million by Sweden and almost 9 million from Japan, the project is now at the stage of building the base of the bridge’s pillars.

Designed to span 2.3 kilometers, the bridge over the Zambezi will have two traffic lanes in each direction.

The bridge is fundamental to establish a road link from the north to the south of Mozambique and is being built by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil and Soares da Costa. (macauhub)