New bridge of Cunene River provides new road link between two Angolan provinces

16 August 2011

Huambo, Angola, 16 Aug – Travelling by road in Angola’s Huambo and Huíla provinces, through the municipalities of Caála and Chipindo was re-established Saturday following an interruption of 25 years, with the inauguration of the bridge over the Cunene River, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The bridge over the Cunene River, which was previously made from reinforced concrete, built in the 1960s and destroyed in 1985 during the country’s civil war, has been replaced by a provisional metal bridge, with a 30-ton capacity.

Until the bridge was inaugurated crossing the Cunene River at that place was carried out using canoes.

The governor of Huambo province, Fernando Faustino Muteka, noted on the occasion that re-establishing road travel would contribute to better transport of agricultural products to the region’s commercial areas.

Construction of a new bridge over the Cunene River cost over 20 million kwanza, a cost shared by the governments of the provinces of Huambo and Huíla. (macauhub)