The completion date of the Maputo/Catembe bridge has once again been pushed back, this time to December, indicate reports in various Mozambican newspapers citing the South Maputo Development Company (Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo Sul).
The new postponement is due to the delayed arrival of the ship carrying the 57 metal pieces comprising the bridge’s main deck from China to Maputo. They will be welded into place at the site.
Each piece is 12 metres wide, 26 metres long and 3 metres thick and weighs 125 tons. The bridge is about 3 km long with four traffic lanes. Its estimated cost is US$725 million, financed by a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.
The ship with the metal deck components is now expected to arrive in September, whereby the South Maputo Development Company has assured that the bridge will be completed by December.
The bridge’s construction, awarded to the China Road and Bridge Corporation, is part of the larger project to build the 209 km Maputo/Ponta de Ouro road.
The South Maputo Development Company is tasked with promoting construction of the Maputo/Catembe bridge and adjacent roads, as well as the entire Maputo Ring Road project; it is the public enterprise responsible for managing the overall construction process. (Macauhub)