Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Feb – Work to asphalt the 348 kilometres of National Road 13 in Mozambique linking the cities of Nampula and Cuamba began Thursday with a ceremony held in the town of Rapale, according to the Mozambican press.
As well as Prime Minister Aires Ali, the ceremony was attended by the Japanese ambassador to Mozambique, Eiji Hashimoto, representing the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and representatives of the African Development Bank, co-funders of the project, and of the South Korean government.
The work, which is due to take 36 months, is part of the Nacala Corridor Development Project and it will be carried out in lots, one of 131 kilometres, between Nampula and Ribaué, Ribaué-Malema with 103 kilometres and Malema-Cuamba with 113 kilometres.
The road will be 10 metres wide and the project will include repairs to 31 bridges and construction of six new ones along the road’s trajectory, which crosses the districts of Nampula, Mecuburi, Ribauè, Malema and Cuamba.
On the road as it currently stands the journey from Nampula to Cuamba takes 14 or 15 hours and after the asphalt is laid it is expected to take just four hours. (macauhub)