New bridge over Catumbela river, Angola concluded

7 July 2009

Lobito, Angola, 7 July – Work on the new bridge over the Catumbela river, in Angola’s Benguela province was concluded at the beginning of July, newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

The contract was awarded in September, 2007 to Portuguese group, Mota-Engil and was worth 26.2 million euros.

The new bridge is 438 metres long, has four lanes and is located along the Benguela/Lobito highway.

Tests on the bridge were carried out by experts from Portugal’s National Laboratory for Civil Engineering.

The bridge is expected to open up to traffic in the next few days.

A total of 18 trucks weighing 30 tonnes each were used in the first week of July to test the strength of the new bridge. (macauhub)