1400 km of Mozambican roads to be paved

23 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Aug – The Mozambican government plans to begin this quarter work on paving 1394 km of roads, Public Works and Housing Minister Cadmiel Muthemba has announced.

After delegating power to the new management board of the National Roads Administration (ANE) headed by Luciano de Castro, Muthemba said last Friday that work was already under way on the 102 km Macomia-Oasse and 136 km Montepuez-Ruaça sections, while equipment was being gathered for the 125 km Praia-Namoto section.

Work is also starting on the 312 km Caniçado-Chicualacuala section and should begin on the 235 km Chimoio-Espungabera section in the next few days.

Muthemba said the goal was for National Road Number 1 to become fully operational from Ponta d’Ouro to Rovuma, as well as to ensure good maintenance.

The minister explained that road upkeep required attention because “the country cannot continue building without maintenance, so that we don’t have to repave the lanes every two or three years.” (macauhub)