The Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources of Mozambique, Carlos Bonete said 70% of the work on the Maputo-Katembe bridge has been completed, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias.
With full completion planned for the end of 2017 the bridge, which is just over 3 kilometres long, will have a deck of 680 metres over the bay, with pillars on both sides and is being built by the China Bridge and Road Corporation .
Construction of the bridge is part of the Maputo/Ponta de Ouro road construction project, a distance of 209 kilometres, a development that is divided into three parts – the first section from Maputo to Katembe, over 35 kilometres; the second section comprising Katembe/Ponta de Ouro (109 kilometres) and includes the repair/construction of roads between Katembe/Bela Vista and Bela Vista/South Africa and the third section of 63 kilometres covering the repair of the Bela Vista/Boane road.
This project has an estimated cost of US$700 million and is funded by the Export-Import Bank of China.
Completion of the bridge and other related facilities will allow exploration of tourist resorts and areas in the southern part of Maputo province. (macauhub)