The most important locations in Angola are all linked to the national road network, said in Luanda the minister of construction, Waldemar Alexandre Pires.
The minister stressed that the government had succeeded in just over 10 years “in recovering the 8,000 kilometres that represented the road heritage inherited from colonial times, which in 2002 was in general disrepair.”
Pires said that besides reconstruction of those 8,000 kilometres, another 4,300 kilometres of roads were built, bringing the total to 12,300 kilometres, “which resulted in the connection of the provincial capitals either directly or indirectly.”
The Minister recalled the recent approval of the Road Fund to pay for the road network and said that conditions were in place for the road maintenance programme, under the responsibility of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA), to be re-launched to ensure preservation of investments made in the road network.
Angola, the minister said cited by Angolan news agency Angop, has a road network of 76,000 kilometres, 12,300 kilometres of paved primary roads, a secondary network of 27,200 kilometres and a tertiary network of 36,500 kilometres.
Included in the State Budget for 2016 are 33 repair projects of about 2,400 kilometres of roads, costing US$960 million, involving both the primary and secondary network.
The minister recognised that there are currently around 4,500 kilometres of the 12,300 kilometres that were built or rebuilt since 2002 already in a poor or serious state of disrepair. (macauhub/AO)