Mozambique’s road network to be re-classified

9 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Dec – The Mozambican National Roads Administration (ANE) plans to re-classify the country’s roads in order to set out central, provincial and district responsibilities for their maintenance, the director general of ANE said in Maputo.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Nelson Nunes said that the district would have an important role in terms of road maintenance, as part of a process of decentralisation.

Nunes also said that details of a programme were being concluded in which Denmark would provide funding of US$50 million for districts to begin planning their networks and corresponding interventions.

At the end of the Annual Road Maintenance seminar held in Maputo, Nunes noted that ANE was concluding its provincial roads strategy, which will cover a ten-year period.

In terms of the materials to be used to repair roads, Nunes said that several pilot schemes were underway in Mozambique as part of the so-called Programme of Investment in Regional Roads, estimated to cost US$9.2 million over two years (2008-2009).

The project introduces the concept of refurbishment in stages and aims to deal with the most troublesome areas using innovative technologies that set a balance between cost and the lifetime of the roads and which combines the use of paving technologies and a focus on using local materials. (macauhub)