Mozambique’s National Roads Administration (ANE) is negotiating funding with its cooperation partners to asphalt the second phase of the Mocuba/Milange road, over a distance of 108 kilometres, the ANE director-general, Cecílio Grachane said.
The director-general of ANE said that negotiations were at an advanced stage and included the repair of another 150 rural roads. He noted that the second phase of the project may create a corridor that would allow Mozambique’s land-locked neighbours to make better use of the route to the port of Quelimane.
The first phase of the road project to repair the road is now underway, which includes widening it and laying asphalt along an 86 kilometre section. This stage of the project is entirely funded by the European Union with a donation of 70 million euros.
Work on the project has faced the challenges of a lack of cement on the Mozambican market, long distances between the work site and the rock crusher, as well as a delay in compensation for families affected by the construction work.
The contractor – Portuguese company Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construções – had been due to deliver the completed project in April 2013, but recently requested to delay delivery until the end of July of the same year. (macauhub)