Bridge over Catumbela river, Angola opens to traffic

11 September 2009

Lobito, Angola, 11 Sept – The 438-metre bridge over the Catumbela river, in Angola’s Benguela province was inaugurated Thursday by the Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, after two and a half years under construction and expenditure of over 26.1 million euros.

The bridge, which was built by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil and Soares da Costa, is part of the Benguela-Lobito highway and will replace the centuries-old metallic bridge built by railway company Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela.

The new bridge has four towers approximately 48 metres high that hold up two 64-metre platforms and a central platform across the Catumbela river that is 160 metres long.

The Catumbela bridge is related to another project that was concluded by Mota-Engil in the region.

The company doubled the road between Lobito and Benguela transforming it into a highway, which required investment of some 45 million euros and started operating fully on Thursday when the bridge opened to traffic. (macauhub)