Mbanza Congo, Angola, 24 Nov – The 125-kilometre stretch of road between the city of Mbanza Congo (Zaire province) and Luangu (Uíge province) is due to start being asphalted in the first half of 2009, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
The work, which is the responsibility of Angolan company Emcica, includes clearing and levelling the road, in a contract carried out by 68 workers.
Five kilometres from the provincial capital, where the company plans to set up its work site, a gravel machine and bitumen plant to supply the necessary aggregates for laying the road surface.
Work on the road, which will be 12 metres wide and have two lanes, is expected to take three years.
Reconstruction of the Mbanza Congo/Kuimba/Luangu road is part of the strategy to link the provinces of Zaire and Uíge by land, via the municipalities of Kuimba and Maquela do Zombo.
In Zaire the surfaces of the national roads between Mbanza Congo and Luanda, as well as the municipalities of Soyo and Nzeto, have also to be laid and work on these is also due to begin next year. (macauhub)