Construction work on the the Maputo/Catembe bridge and associated road network should be completed in December 2017, in line with the deadline included in the tender document, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The newspaper added that the developer, Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo Sul, had given assurances that the project was progressing according to plan, and that more than half of the pillars planned for the north bank (the Maputo side) had been placed and nearly 90 percent in the south (Catembe side), all on land.
The bridge, which is being built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), starts at the extension of national road 1 (EN1) to Praça 16 de Junho, near the National Institute of Communications, where a 1.09-kilometre viaduct begins and runs as far as the tower next to pier 5 of the Port of Maputo.
There will be a suspended section 680 metres long at a height of 60 metres in relation to the sea to allow the navigability of the port of Maputo and in the southern part there is a viaduct that is 1.2 kilometres long.
Construction of the Maputo/Catembe bridge is part of a project that includes connecting roads with the southernmost part of Maputo province, with a final estimated cost of US$785 million financed through borrowing by the government of Mozambique from the Export Import Bank of China.
With the completion of the bridge and associated road network, it will be possible to travel by road between the north and south of the country, “from the Rovuma to Ponta do Ouro” and connect to the road network of the South African region of Durban.