The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has placed the first module of the 57 that will make up the main deck of the bridge that will connect the city of Maputo to the town of Catembe, on the other side of Maputo bay, at a ceremony on 1 October.
Mozambican state news agency AIM news cited the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Bonete, who said the deck was expected to be completed within a month, “if the weather is favourable.”
The deck, which will cover a 600-metre suspension span, is estimated to weigh more than 7,000 tonnes. Each module is 12 metres wide, 26 metres long and 3 metres thick.
Bai Pengyu, head of China Road and Bridge Corporation, which was awarded the contract, said on the same occasion that the bridge will be completed by the end of this year.
Construction of the bridge is part of the Maputo-Ponta de Ouro road construction project, over a distance of 209 kilometres. The project 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 is budgeted at US$725 million, and its financing was secured through a loan from Mozambique from the Export-Import Bank (ExIm) of China. (macauhub)