New bridge opened in Namibe province, Angola

30 March 2010

Namibe, Angola, 30 March – A new bridge over the river Giraúl, in Angola´s Namibe province, was opened Monday, re-establishing the link of the Namibe-Benguela-Luanda road corridor, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

The bridge was built by Portuguese construction company Teixeira Duarte.

The bridge, which is 181 metres long and 10.6 metres wide with two lanes and work on which began in October 2007, links the city of Namibe to Pipas bay, an important area for tourism.

The director general of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA), Joaquim Sebastião, said that the bridge is the continuation of the road linking Namibe to Bentiaba and Namibe to Lubango, without passing the Giraúl de Cuima bridge and the road called Leba Pequena.

According to Sebastião, the road is one of the main economic development corridors in the provinces and is an important component of tourism. (macauhub)