The Maputo-Catembe bridge is scheduled to open on 25 June, the date of Mozambique’s independence in 1975, with the construction of this project by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) costing more than US$700 million, coordinated by engineer Bai Pengyu, according to Macao magazine.
In recent statements reported in the Mozambican press, the president of Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo Sul, the public body responsible for the project, said that the bridge that connects the two banks of the bay by road will be completed by the end of June.
“When we last updated the work plan, after verifying that it was not possible to complete the work in 2017, we defined the first half of this year as a new deadline to finish the construction of the bridge,” said Silva Magaia, adding that the work executed up to now accounts for 97% of the project.
The bridge, which will be the largest suspension bridge in Africa, is part of a larger project that includes a set of access roads on both banks and other roads, including one leading to Ponta do Ouro, a beach area near the border with the province of Natal, in South Africa, which is over 170 kilometres long.
Engineer Bai Pengyu told Macao magazine that the bridge will allow for the development of the Catembe area to begin, particularly for commercial and housing purposes, overcoming the problem of a lack of space for more buildings in the capital city.
Building the bridge is also, according to Bai Pengyu, an example of the role of Chinese companies in transferring knowledge to the country where they are operating, through the decision to involve not only local technicians but also engineering students.
In addition to the Maputo-Catembe bridge, the CBRC is in charge of building the Maputo Circular Road and another in Niassa province, which runs to the border with Malawi, with funding from the African Development Bank. (macauhub)