Work to repair and widen National Road 6 in Mozambique, which is 300 kilometres long, is due to begin in June of this year, said the delegate of the National Roads Administration (ANE) for Sofala province, Irene Simões.
The work, which was awarded to China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corp (AFECC), will cost US$400 million and is intended to improve traffic circulation on the road, which links the port of Beira, in Sofala, to the border town of Machipanda, in Manica province.
The contract, which is scheduled to take three years to carry out, will widen the road, particularly between the cities of Beira and Dondo, along a section of 30 kilometres.
Widening the road is intended to improve conditions for trucks heading for the port in Sofala’s capital, estimated at over 600 vehicles per day carrying goods from and to the port’s traditional users, such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Simões also told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the tender document also included raising the level of the road along some sections, particularly near the Pungué River, as well as construction or replacement of several bridges, which are in a poor state of repair. (macauhub/MZ/CN)