Mozambique: Bridge over Lugela river, in Zambézia, open to traffic after two years of building work

15 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Oct – The bridge over the Lugela river, linking the Mozambican districts of Mocuba and Lugela, in Zambézia province, opened up to traffic last week after two years of reconstruction work, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

With a budget of US$7.3 million, the 200 metre-long bridge, with two lanes was rebuilt by Portuguese consortium Construtora do Tâmega and Conduril – Construtora Duriense after being destroyed by floods in 2000.

The delegate for the National Roads Administration in Zambézia, Francisco Horta, said that lamp posts were being placed on the bridge in time for its official inauguration.

Newspaper Notícias reported that, “with the opening of the bridge, new projects are planned for the Lugela district, with the expected arrival of the mobile phone network, an extension of the Cahora Bassa electricity grid, the opening of agri-processing industries and opening up water fountains.”

The district of Lugela is essentially agricultural, with food and cash crops such as cotton, tea and coffee. (macauhub)