Construction of 476 bridges underway in Angola

8 September 2011

Luanda, Angola, 8 Sept – The construction of a total of 476 bridges is underway in Angola out of a total 879 bridges, Angolan news agency Angop reported citing a source form the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA).

The source said that 403 bridges had been concluded, including provisional, definitive and metal bridges, of which the most notable are those over the river Cunene, in Xangongo and the 4 April bridge over the Catumbela river, in Benguela province.

Last Friday the 17 September bridge over the River Kwanza was inaugurated, between the Communes of Cabala and Muxima, in Bengo province.

From 2006 to 2010 Angola increased its road network from just 322 kilometres to 6,404 kilometres of reconstructed roads, and eight of the country’s provincial capitals are now linked by paved road.

By 2015, INEA plans to have a total of 13,800 kilometres of asphalted roads.

At least 40,000 people provide the workforce in this sector, which is a priority for the Angolan government, to link all the urban centres and rural localities to make it easier for populations and to improve socio-economic conditions. (macauhub)