Cape Verde: Road opened in Santo Antão is biggest post-independence construction project

11 May 2009

Porto Novo, Cape Verde, 11 May – The biggest road built in Cape Verde after the country’s independence was opened Friday, linking the three council areas of the island of Santo Antão, paid for by European Union, Luxembourg and Italian aid and by the Cape Verdean government.

The road is asphalted, is two lanes wide and 22.4 kilometers long, and is already considered to be one of the biggest on the archipelago. Work began on the project in 2003 and ended in March 2009 and the EU provided 50 percent of funding via the European Development Fund.

For the island’s inhabitants, construction of the Porto Novo/Janela road “is the fulfilment of a dream of several generations of the mountainous island,” as the first time that construction of such a road was considered was back in 1873.

The inauguration of the Porto Novo/Janela road marked the end of Cape Verde/European Union Special Partnership Week, which brought together officials from the Cape Verdean government, the EU, ambassadors and civil society in Praia. (macauhub)