Luanda, Angola, 2 Sept – Construction of the new bridge over the river Kwanza, between the areas of Cabala and Muxima in Angola’s Bengo province, is in its final stages and is expected to be inaugurated by the end of the year, according to a report from Angolan news agency Angop.
Construction of the bridge began in December 2008 and is the responsibility of Portuguese construction company Teixeira Duarte.
The bridge, which is 1,534 metres long and 14.60 metres wide, is made up of a reinforced, pre-stressed concrete deck supported on pillars two of which are over the river Kwanza itself. It is the longest bridge in Angola.
Work on the bridge was previously scheduled for conclusion at the end of August.
According to its designer, the bridge will have a lifetime of around 100 years with minimal maintenance.
The new bridge will improve the road link between the provinces of Bengo, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul, Malanje and Uíge, as well as allowing the circulation of people and goods and the social and economic development of the populations of Cabala and Kissama.
Cabala, which is located 45 kilometres to the south of Catete, the capital of Icolo and Bengo, has an estimated population of 900,000, which mainly work in artisanal farming and fishing. (macauhub)