Bridge between Mozambique and Tanzania ready, minister says

9 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Dec – The bridge over the Rovuma River on the border between Mozambique and Tanzania, is practically concluded and is due to be inaugurated soon, the Mozambican minister for Public Works, Felicio Zacarias said Monday in Maputo.

Noting that just finishing work was required, the minister said that the inauguration would be when the agenda of the Presidents of the two countries made it possible.

The Rovuma bridge is also known as the Unity Bridge and was a dream of the former presidents of Mozambique and Tanzania, Samora Machel and Julius Nyerere.

Work to link the two banks of the river started in November 2005, with a budget of US$25 million, and was due to be concluded in November of last year, under the terms of the initial contract.

The company that is responsible for the work, China Geo-Engineering Corporation, justified the delay by noting “the re-design of the project, due to the acquisition of inappropriate materials.”

The bridge is 720 metres long and 13.5 metres wide and has two lanes. (macauhub)