Angola’s roads will have weigh bridges to control excessive cargo loads

5 July 2013

Angola’s National Roads Institute (INEA) plans to install 31 weigh bridges along some of the country’s main roads in order to prevent trucks from travelling with excess cargo, the head of the conservation department at INEA said Thursday in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, on the sidelines of INEA Consultation Council, Florentino Silva noted that installing the weigh bridges was part of the Road Maintenance and Conservation Programme that also includes using five mobile weigh bridges.

Silva added that locations for the weigh bridges had been identified and that it was essential to control excess cargo on the country’s main roads as this is one of the main reasons for the road’s poor state of repair.

“We are going to boost our system for weighing vehicles, because most heavy vehicles travel with loads above permitted weights,” he said.

At the meeting, which is due to end Friday, Minister for Construction, Waldemar Pires Alexandre, said that INEA was one of the country’s institutions with greatest relative weight in use of public resources due to the government’s focus on rebuilding road infrastructure .

The minister mentioned INEA’s involvement in national reconstruction, noting that since the end of the civil war in 2002, over 9,000 kilometres of roads had been built or repaired as well as around 500 bridges of various sizes. (macauhub)