Chinese company AFECC begins repairs to national road in Mozambique

2 April 2015

Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) has started construction of the second bridge over the Pungué River, between the districts of Dondo and Nhamatanda in the province of Sofala, Mozambique, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Construction of the bridge, which will be 250 metres long, symbolises according to the newspaper, the start of the project to repair National Road Number Six (EN6) along its entire length of 288 kilometres connecting the port city of Beira to the border town of Machipanda and neighbouring Zimbabwe.

The spokesman of the Provincial Directorate of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources in Sofala, José Luis, told Notícias that the second bridge over the Púnguè River was designed with two lanes, and the builder will simultaneously start work along the road between Beira and Machipanda in order to conclude the work within the prescribed period of 36 months.

The project, expected to cost US$410 million financed by the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) of China, includes construction of three toll plazas, two weigh bridges, six police checkpoints and 50 public transport stops and bridges will be repaired with a combined length of 1,652 meters, along with seven aqueducts.

At the end of the works, the road, which will be extended, will have two lanes between Machipanda and Inhamizua and four lanes between Inhamizua and Beira.

The road, which also benefits landlocked countries that use the port of Beira for foreign trade, such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and DR Congo, has average daily traffic of over 3,000 vehicles. (macauhub/MZ)