Deck of new bridge over Zambezi River in Mozambique laid this year

22 July 2013

Construction of the deck of the new bridge over the Zambezi River in the city of Tete, in Mozambique, is due for conclusion before the end of this year, the director-general of road company Estradas do Zambeze, Jorge Valério said in Tete.

“After laying the deck finishing work will be carried out, including construction of guard rails, electrical installations and paving, which take longer,” he said.

However, Valério said that, taking into consideration the current rate of construction, the bridge will be finished and delivered to the Mozambican government a month before the date outlined in the contract.

The new bridge over the Zambezi River in the city of Tete is located about 5 kilometres downstream of the current bridge and is 715 metres long and 14.80 metres wide including both the road and pavements on either side.

The bridge will reduce traffic on the Samora Machel bridge, which includes heavy vehicles carrying goods from landlocked areas in countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana to the port of Beira and vice versa.

The work is expected to cost some 105.2 million euros and includes repairs on around 260 kilometres of road linking the city of Tete to the borders with Zimbabwe, on the way to the capital Harare, and with Malawi, to its capital, Blantyre.

The consortium building the bridge is made up of Portuguese companies Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção (43.5 percent), Soares da Costa Construções (43.5 percent) and Opway (13 percent). (macauhub)