Portuguese construction companies to hand over bridge over the Zambezi River to Mozambique

14 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 July – The newly built bridge over the Zambezi River will be handed over by the Portuguese construction companies that built it, Mota-Engil and Soares da Costa, to the Mozambican state in the first week of August, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The hand over will mark the end of a two-year guarantee period, on 31 July, as included in the contract for construction of the bridge, which links the regions of Caia, in Sofala province, and Chimuara province, in Zambézia.

According to the delegate of the National Roads Administration (ANE) in Sofala, Belmiro Rodolfo, the central government is working to take delivery of the project, and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing recently launched a public tender to set up the electronic traffic control and toll system.

In the first 24 months of the bridge opening over 158,000 vehicles used teh bridge and earned the State 53 million meticals.

The bridge over the Zambezi is 2,376 metres long, has two lanes along with pavements. The first stone for the project was laid on 20 December, 2005 and work began in March, 2006.

The project cost around 2.16 billion meticals and was funded by the European Union and the governments of Mozambique, Sweden, Italy and Japan. (macauhub)