Maputo-Catembe Bridge, Mozambique, completed in late October

20 August 2018

The Maputo-Catembe bridge, linking the two banks of the bay of the Mozambican capital, will be ready by the end of October, Mozambique’s Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Machatine said.


The launch of the bridge, costing more than US$785 million, has seen several delays since last December.


Machatine said that the successive postponements were the result of difficulties in relocating families living in an area covered by the works in the Malanga neighbourhood of Maputo.


The Maputo-Catembe bridge is financed through a loan from China.


The crossing between Maputo and Catembe, a stretch of about 1,500 metres is currently made using an old ferry.


Construction of the bridge by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) began in September 2012.


The bridge is around 3 kilometres long, with four lanes for vehicles, two in each direction.


The bridge, with a suspended section, is the largest in Mozambique and in Africa and is among the 60 largest in the world.


The bridge is expected to boost activity in the Catembe area and the south of Mozambique, as well as facilitating connections with South Africa. (macauhub)