Mozambique: Trains runs over Dona Ana Bridge over Zambezi River

21 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 May – The Dona Ana bridge over the River Zambezi in Mozambique’s Tete province, is now able to allow trains to cross it following reconversion work carried out to change it from a road to a rail bridge, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Thursday.

The work, which began in 2006 cost US$7 million and link the stations of Sena, in Caia and Dona Ana, in Mutarara, in the province of Sofala and Tete.

The bridge going into operation makes it possible for trains to travel between Sena and Nhamayabwe, the capital of Mutarara district.

The Dona Ana bridge, which was designed in the 1920s by Portuguese engineer Edgar Cardoso, in 3,750 meters long and is the biggest rail-related work of art in Southern Africa.

The bridge has 102 pillars, six of which are metallic on the viaduct on the Mjutarara side, 40 are concrete on the main bridge and 56 metallic pillars on the flood plain on the Sena side. (macauhub)