Angolan government plans to repair 15,500 kilometres of main roads over five years

8 July 2013

The Angolan government plans to repair 15,500 kilometres of its primary road network between 2013 and 2017, the Minister for Finance, Armando Manuel said Friday in Luanda.

At the closing session of the Expanded Consultation council of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA), the minister said that in the five-year period around 6,000 kilometres of the secondary road network is also planned to undergo refurbishment, as well as 65,000 kilometres of tertiary roads.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Armando Manuel noted that in this sector “it is preferable to do high quality work rather than look for cheap solutions, as low quality work will lead to maintenance work quickly becoming repair work and then repair work becoming reconstruction.”

At the meeting the head of INEA’s conservation department, Florentino Silva, said that there were plans to install 31 weigh bridges along some of the country’s main roads in order to prevent trucks from travelling with excess cargo.

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. (macauhub)