Angola: Bailundo/Huambo road expected to be operational in August

2 March 2009

Huambo, Angola, 2 March – Reconstruction of the 97 kilometres of road between the Angolan cities of Bailundo and Huambo, which has been underway since 2008, is due to be concluded by August, according to Alberto Ribeiro, the construction manager for Portuguese company Monte Adriano.

Ribeiro told Angolan news agency Angop that the project had been split into two sections, the Alto Hama/Bailundo section (34 km) and Bailundo/Mungo (63 km).

In the first section work is being carried out to widen the existing road, and around 20 kilometres of road have been levelled, in the second section “we are widening the road from seven to nine metres and around 15 kilometres have been worked on,” he said.

Ribeiro said that six bridges would be built along the road, including four along the Bailundo/Mungo section and two along the Alto Hama/Bailundo section.

The acting municipal director in Bailundo, Calisto Chissalukili, said that reconstruction of the road had already improved the living conditions of the population as previously it took 4 hours to travel along a route that now takes 40 minutes.

The Bailundo municipality is located 82 kilometres from the city of Huambo and its population mainly makes a living from farming livestock and crops. (macauhub)