Road in Mozambique linking Beira to Zimbabwe to be rebuilt

13 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 July – Mozambique’s National Road 6 linking the port city of Beira, in Sofala province, to the border town of Machipanda, in Manica province, next to Zimbabwe, is to be entirely rebuilt, said Mozambique’s minister for Public Works and Housing.

According to daily newspaper Notícias, Minister Cadmiel Muthemba said that the work carried out to repair potholes would not solve the problem of the road’s poor state of repair and a greater level of work was needed.

The minister said that the central government was trying to secure funding and that according to studies already carried out the amount needed to rebuild National Road 6 varied depending on the solution that was adopted.

Notícias said that a provisional solution would cost US$30 million whilst more significant work, which would involve widening the road and rebuilding the bridges between Beira and Machipanda, would cost US$370 million.

The solutions put forward by the consulting company will be assessed by the central government and the Ministry for Public Works and Housing recently launched a request for manifestation of interest to rebuild the road, including the Vandúzi-Changara road, and that proposals had already been received from contractors.

After pre-qualification qualified nine companies, according to Muthemba, the second phase of the tender will follow involving specialist technicians. There is currently no deadline for the project to be completed.

National Road 6 links the port of Beira to some countries in the interior of the continent, specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania, and over 2,600 heavy goods vehicles use the road every day. (macauhub)