Mozambique: Portugal’s Teixeira Duarte awarded contract to repair bridge in Tete province

28 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 April – The Samora Machel bridge, built over the Zambezi river in Mozambique’s Tete province, will undergo significant repair work, the chief executive of the National Roads Administration (ANE) told Mozambican newspaper, Notícias in Tete.

Jeremias Chau told the paper that the repair work, which is scheduled to take 18 months, began on 1 March and the contract was awarded to Portuguese construction company Teixeira Duarte.

The work on the bridge, expected to cost 780 million meticals (US$30 million) funded by the central government, will limit car traffic on the bridge as it is already in an advanced state of disrepair.

The repairs on the bridge will be significant and include replacement of most of the old and damaged structural elements, such as cables and expansion joints as well as other equipment and accessories.

A source from Teixeira Duarte, which is already carrying out some work on the surface of the bridge, told Notícias that the work would likely go ahead without problems as the preliminary surveys of the physical state of the bridge would be carried out over the next few days. (macauhub)