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The section of the EN4 from the Shoprite supermarket in Matola and Praça 16 de Junho in Maputo city will be upgraded between June this year and December 2018 with two more lanes, widening of bridges, better drainage, pedestrian pavements, covered bus stops and public lighting.
After about seven years in the planning, Trans African Concession (TRAC) has announced the official start of the works costing 2.4 billion meticais in an effort to reduce the long lines of vehicles that crawl along “at the pace of a chameleon” at rush hour.
“The works will be divided into six stages. In the first one, the central sidewalk, the barriers and the lighting will be removed and a pavement constructed in its place. In the second phase, we will accommodate the traffic on the existing roadway while working on the sides. In the third phase, we will rehabilitate the old pavement and tar the newly constructed track, while traffic is accommodated on part of the road. On fourth and fifth phases, we move the traffic to the other side and, finally, in the sixth phase, we deliver the finished road to users,” company spokeswoman Fenias Mazive explained.
TRAC has a 30-year highway operation contract, of which 20 have already passed. Around 52,000 vehicles pass through the Maputo toll every day, chiefly Matola residents who work in Maputo.Source: O País