Bridge inaugurated over river Zambezi in Mozambique

3 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 03 Aug – The bridge over the river Zambezi, one of the biggest in Africa at 2376 metres long and 16 metres wide was inaugurated Sunday after three and a half years of building work.

The bridge, named after President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, was built by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil/Soares da Costa as part of an 80 million Euro investment which used around 66 million Euros with 25 million Euros from the European Commission, 20 million Euros from the Italian government, 18 million Euros from the Swedish government and around nine million Euros from Japan, as well Mozambique’s own funds.
Before the bridge came into operation today, the journey over land across Mozambique ended in the crossing of the Zambezi River, over 1000 kilometres from Maputo.

It was only possible to cross the river’s deep waters on dilapidated barges and precarious boats.

The bridge joins the districts of Caia in Sofala with Chimuara in Zambezi. (macauhub)