Maputo, Mozambique, 3 July – The bridge over the river Zambezi, which will link the districts of Caia, in Mozambique’s Sofala and Chimuara in Zambézia, is due for inauguration on 1 August.
The bridge, one of the most iconic recent construction projects and one of the biggest since Mozambique’s independence in 1975, is the responsibility of Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil and Soares da Costa.
The bridge spans 2,376 metres (1,666 over land and 710 over the river bed), is 16 metres wide and has four lanes although its structure includes an option to double its width at a later date.
Work on the bridge began in December 2005 and the structure will improve the circulation of people and goods in one of the regions of Mozambique richest in natural resources.
The bridge cost 61.7 million euros, which was provided by the European Commission, by Sweden, Italy and Japan and the Mozambican government. (macauhub)