Chinese company concludes work on bridge over River Cunene in Angola

25 August 2009

Luanda, Angola, 25 Aug – The new bridge over the River Cunene, in Xangongo, Angola, built by the subsidiary of the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is due to soon be opened up to road traffic, the Angolan authorities announced.

The bridge, estimated to cost US$29 million, is 808 metres long and 11.64 metres wide and was built over two years and five months.

Lighting on the bridge, which has two lanes in each direction, is powered by solar panels run on Chinese technology.

The Chinese company, which started the work in May 2007, concluded it at the end of last June.

The work was inspected by Africon Gabenk BKS.

The municipality of Ombadja, where the bridge over the River Cunene, is 95 kilometres from the city of Ondjiva, has an area of 12,225 square kilometres and 199,985 inhabitants, with livestock farming as one of the region’s main activities.

The bridge, located in the south of Angola, as well as linking the municipalities of Cuanhama and Ombadja, will make it possible to travel by road to the provinces of Huíla,. Huambo, Benguela, Bengo and Luanda, as well as to neighbouring South Africa and Namibia. (macauhub)