Mozambique: Final section laid of bridge over Zambezi River

22 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 April – The final section of the bridge over the Zambezi River has been put in place and the physical link
between Chimuara, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, and Caia in Sofala province, and between the north and south of Mozambique has been made, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

As this stage is complete final finishing work will now be carried out and the paper reported that the work was likely to be delivered to the Mozambican state at the end of May, for people and goods to start using the bridge by June.

The work, which is being carried out by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil & Soares da Costa had a fixed deadline for conclusion of 36 months.

The bridge cost 86 million euros, which was provided by the European Commission, by Sweden, Italy and Japan and the Mozambican government.

It is the second largest bridge in the country after the one on Mozambique Island, in Nampula, and stretches over 4,900 metres, 710 of which account for the main span of the bridge. (macauhub)