The opening of the Macaneta Bridge, which connects the Marracuene district and the town Macaneta in Mozambique by road, is expected to boost the development of the local tourism sector, with its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, according to the Mozambican press.
So far the only way to cross the Umbelúzi Riverwas using small boats or barges, but although the river crossing took just 10 minutes waiting time for a place was three or four hours and the stopped closed at 6 pm every day.
The region currently has 17 resorts, high quality beaches for recreation and water sports, a great variety of flora and fauna and a population of about 5,000 people making a living from agriculture and fishing.
Work on the bridge, which was built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is part of the Maputo ring road, began on 15 January 2015 and cost US$15 million. The bridge is 300 metres long and 11 metres wide and accepts vehicles up to 50 tonnes. (macauhub)