Road links between Angola and neighbouring countries will be in place by 2017, the director-general of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) said.
António Resende, speaking to Angolan news agency Angop at the re-opening of the metal bridge over the Luvo River, said that work to rebuild the cross-border roads in the south, north and east of the country was at an advanced stage.
According to Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola the previous bridge was destroyed by excess cargo on a truck loaded with a large crane.
Resende also said that plans were underway to build a concrete bridge across the river, which separates the municipality of Mbanza Congo (Angola) and the Lower Congo region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The bridge will be 37.6 metres long and have one 3.5-metre lane running in each direction.
The director-general of INEA said that a road is in its final stages of construction in the Cunene area linking this region to neighbouring Namibia, whilst in Zaire province work was underway to rebuild the road to the Lower Congo (DRC).
Resende also said that the road corridors in the provinces of Uíge, Malange, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, and in Lobito (Benguela) to Luau (Moxico), on the border with Zambia, are due to be rebuilt as part of the National Development Plan.
Angola has borders to the south with Namibia, to the east with Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the north with the Republic of Congo. (macauhub/AO)