New bridge over River Luaximo in Angola ready in December

6 October 2009

Saurimo, Angola, 6 Oct – Construction of the permanent bridge over the Luaximo River, 25 kilometres from the city of Saurimo, in Angola’s Lunda Sul province, is at the stage of placing the deck that will support the structure, six months after construction began.

Construction of the bridge, which is 65 metres long and 13 wide, is the responsibility of Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil and is an initiative of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) an part of its programme to repair structures of this kind that were destroyed in the civil war.

According to the initial project, the bridge will have to lanes for traffic each two and a half metres wide, hard shoulders one and a half metres wide and pavements for pedestrians that will be one metre wide.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the provincial director of INEA in Lunda Sul, Rafael Mutemeca, said that replacing the bridge was part of the reconstruction of the 190 kilometres of road linking Saurimo, Muriege and Muconda.

Conclusion of the project, which involves 50 workers, is due in December of this year.

As well as this bridge six other permanent bridges are being built in the province over the Tamba, Mambo, Chineji, Chihumbe, Luachi and Lufiz rivers. (macauhub)