Construction of second bridge over Zambezi, in Tete, Mozambique begins this year

7 February 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Feb – Work on building the second bridge over the Zambezi river in Mozambique’s central province of Tete, is due to begin this year and take between three and four years, the Mozambican deputy Public Works and Housing Minister, Francisco Pereira said in Maputo.

The deputy minister also said that the cost of the new bridge, 6 kilometres downstream of the Samora Machel Bridge, would be 70 million euros funded by the Mozambican government and its cooperation partners.

As well as the new bridge, which will be 2,000 metres long and link the city of Tete, the provincial capital, to the town of Moatize, access roads are also to be built totalling some 16 kilometres on both sides of the river.

The deputy minister also said that when the new bridge is concluded it will be used by all heavy traffic – over 800 trucks per day – that currently crosses the Samora Machel Bridge, which will be reserved for passenger vehicles and pedestrians.

The Samora Machel Bridge was re-opened Sunday to normal traffic in all categories, following maintenance work costing 700 million meticals (almost US$22 million). (macauhub)