Road between Chimoio, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to be asphalted

30 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 Sept – Mozambique’s National Roads Administration (ANE) already has 80 percent of the funds it needs to asphalt Regional Road 260 between the city of Chimoio and the border town of Espungabera, over a distance of 230 kilometres, the institution said.

Edvete Freitas, a technician from ANE, in Manica, told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil, to which the Ministry of Public Works and Housing had awarded the work, was moving the necessary equipment and recruiting a workforce.

The start of work, which had been expected to be carried out over two years ago but did not go ahead due to a lack of funds, is due in October and the project is estimated to cost US$110 million, which was provided by the World Bank.

The project to asphalt the ER-260 includes construction of bridges over the Lucite and Mussapa rivers, which were recently inaugurated, as part of a project costing over 600 million meticals (US$22 million).

Laying asphalt on the road is considered fundamental for the development of the so-called “Mossurize Corridor” along which there are a number of agricultural, forest, water, wildlife, tourism, mineral and livestock resources, notably the Chimanumani Cross-border Reserve.

As well as this, Regional Road 260 is the main road link to the city of Chimoio, the district capital of Sussundenga, the administrative post of Dombe and the border town of Espungabera, the district capital of Mossurize, bordering the Zimbabwean district of Chipinge, which are strategic regions for agri-livestock and mining production as well as tourism. (macauhub)