The China Railway 20 Bureau Group Co (CR20) group has been hired by the Angolan government to carry out the second phase of teh coastal road in Luanda’s between prais do Bispo and Corimba, under a government decision that also cancels a previous contract signed with Brazilian group Odebrecht.
The Brazilian construction company is involved in the “Lava Jacto” scandal, under investigation by the Brazilian courts, but the order signed by the Angolan President, dated 12 July, does not specify the grounds for termination of the contract, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The second phase, which will cost US$142.3 million, includes construction of two lanes in each direction and an area for future development of exclusive public transport corridors.
The construction of the new road, which is part of the Luanda Metropolitan Master Plan and will reduce traffic on the Samba road, the main entrance and exit point of the capital to the south, was awarded to CR20 by the Ministry of Construction on Tuesday, and should be completed within 18 months.
The 8-kilometre road, includes the requalification of areas currently occupied by substandard housing, “in order to guarantee the improvement of road traffic in the city of Luanda, with a focus on access to the southern region, as well as urban development of the western coastal region.” (macauhub)