Work to build the Maputo-Catembe bridge in Mozambique is due to begin soon, the country’s minister for Public Works and Housing, Cadmiel Muthemba said in Maputo.
According to Mozambican newspaper O País, the guarantee given by the minister follows successive delays to the date for work to begin on the project awarded to the China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC), which was also awarded the tender to build the ring road around the Mozambican capital.
In April 2013 an announcement was made that work to build the bridge would being in the second half of the year, according to Nelson Nines, an executive director of state company Empresa de Desenvolvimento Maputo Sul (Maputo Sul Development Company), which was founded in 2010 to manage the Maputo/Catembe bridge and associated roads.
The minister noted some problems, that have since been solved, with state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique and on the Catembe side of the river with re-housing people, on which the government has spent over US$40 million.
The materials and all the equipment needed for the construction work have been in Maputo since last year.
The two construction projects are expected to cost US$1,040 million, of which US$725 million is for the bridge and the roads to Ponta do Ouro, passing through Boane and the remaining US$315 million for the Maputo Ring Road.
The Minister said that the ring road would be finished this year. (macauhub)