Mozambique and Tanzania aim to build road link

13 May 2010

Negomano, Mozambique, 13 May – The presidents of Mozambique and Tanzania pledged on Wednesday to build 250 km of a road linking the two countries via the recently opened bridge over the Rovuma River, the Maputo daily Noticias reports.

On the Mozambican side the unpaved 185 km road currently linking the Mueda district seat to the Negomano administrative post, leading on to the new bridge, is very precarious and almost impassable during the rainy season. On the Tanzanian side the 70 km road in question is also unpaved, though in better condition.

The Mozambican president stated on the occasion that much work remained to do after the bridge’s construction, specifically rebuilding the access roads from Negomano to Mueda in Mozambique and from Mtambaswala to Nangomba in Tanzania.

The US$28 million bridge project was split equally between the two governments. It is 720 metres long, about 14 metres wide and has two traffic lanes measuring about 3 metres each.

Construction of the bridge and of 5 km of road on both the Mozambican and Tanzanian side was carried out by the China Geo Engineering Corporation.

Geographically, the bridge is located near the confluence of the Rovuma and Lugela Rivers, in an area with major tourist attractions, not only due to the beautiful landscape but also to the wide variety of wildlife, particularly elephants, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, monkeys, lions and gazelles, among others. (macauhub)