Angola: Chinese company to finish bridge of river Cunene in January

11 November 2008

Luanda, Angola, 11 Nov – Construction of the bridge over the rover Cunene, in the Ombadja municipality, may be concluded in January of 2009, according to a report from Angolan news agency Angop citing a staff member of the construction company.

According to the project’s supervisor, of the China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC), Sun Xiajun, work is going ahead at a good pace, and all preparation work has now been done.

So far, he noted, 110 pillars had been put up and the bases of the remaining pillars were set, as well other support work ahead of conclusion of the project scheduled for January of next year.

The Cunene River bridge project, which is expected to cost US$30 million, is being implemented in the municipality of Ombandja (Xangongo, 97 kilometres from the city of Ondjiva, and was granted to CRBC in September 2006, and was scheduled to be built over 18 months.

The bridge, the original version of which was destroyed during Angola’s civil war, will have a capacity to support weights of up to 80 tonnes and will be 880 meters long and 13 meters wide and have four lanes.

The bridge will also have sidewalks for pedestrian use. (macauhub)