Nampula, Mozambique, 1 Aug – Work has begun to improve two sections of National Road Number One in northern Mozambique’s Nampula province over a length of 235 km, financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Mozambique with a US$135 million investment, reports the newspaper Notícias.
The project involves the Namialo-Lurio River and Ligonha River-Nampula sections which are currently in a very bad state of repair. Not only are potholes prevalent but the shoulders are also completely worn away, making the roadway increasingly narrower.
The Namialo-Lurio River section is divided into two parts. The first 75 km section between Namialo and Mecutuchi Bridge has been awarded to the Mozambican company CMC and will cost US$43.2 million.
The second part is of equal length and runs from Mecutuchi Bridge to the Lurio River and will be undertaken by the Portuguese consortium Monte Adriano/Casais, for an investment of US$47.2 million.
The 103 km Nampula-Ligonha River section will be improved by the CMC/Razel consortium, with a budget calculated at about US$49 million.
The road improvement work should be completed by the end of April 2013.
The projects will create at least 750 permanent jobs as well as another 1,800 to 2,000 temporary ones. (macauhub)