Portuguese consortium repairs road that links port of Beira, in Mozambique, to Zimbabwe

8 June 2012

Work to repair the most critical points of the asphalt layer of National Road No. 6 linking the port of Beira to the town of Machipanda on the border with Zimbabwe, is underway, said the delegate of national roads company Administração Nacional de Estradas (ANE) in Sofala.

The project, which is estimated to cost US$4.8 million and has been awarded to Portuguese consortium MCA (M. Couto Alves) made up of MCA Moçambique, M. Couto Alves Vias, and Inglob Construções, according to Belmiro Rodolfo is focused on the Beira-Inchope section of the road along approximately 135 kilometres.

Rodolfo also said that the project’s contract was mainly intended to solve road surface problems, as well as of guardrails along some bridges such as the one over the Pungué River, and pontoons along the road that need to be replaced as a result of vandalism and accidents.

The ANE delegate in Sofala said that the immediate impact of the work was a substantial drop in serious road accidents along this section of the road, which has traffic of around 3,000 vehicles per day travelling to and from landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (macauhub)