Mozambican government wants to build second bridge over Zambezi river in city of Tete

25 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 June – The government of Mozambique has secured funding to build a second bridge over the Zambezi river, in the city of Tete, the Minister for Public Works and Housing, Felício Zacarias said, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

During a visit to the bridge built over the same river, between the banks of Caia, in Sofala province, and Chimuara, in Zambezia province, the minister, without giving a figure for the amount of investment, said that the architectural project had been concluded and work was due to begin at the end of this year.

“Tete province is seeing significant growth and so we plan to build the second bridge over the Zambezi river in the city of Tete and if there is no delay the work should begin this year,” said Zacarias.

Referring to the bridge he was visiting, Zacarias said that everything was in place for its inauguration within the next few days, at a ceremony led by the President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza.

The new bridge linking Sofala and Zambezia provinces will have tolls and its construction, which cost 78 million euros, was funded by the European Commission, by Sweden, Italy and Japan as well as the Mozambican government.

The bridge is being built by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil and Soares da Costa. (macauhub)