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Jornal Domingo / Illustration of the Maputo-Catembe bridge
The dream of driving from Maputo to Catembe by car in December may fall by the wayside due to delays in completing the Malanga access stretch in the Mozambican capital.
The initial timetable foresaw contractor working full time on Malanga since June, but to date the area is stilled not cleared of informal vendors, and a power transmission line still remains to be removed, AIM reports.
So although the bridge deck may still be laid by December, the bridge will not be open because of access roads lacking at its northern approaches.
Maputo South Development Company Chairman Silva Magaia says in Saturday’s ‘Notícias’ that the work schedule was being redefined with the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), this week, and the new dates would flow from that.
As far as link roads are concerned, Magaia said that 90 of the 190 kilometres had already been paved by the end of August, a numbers which had probably increased since.
The road network linking Catembe to the Ponta do Ouro border, Bela Vista and Boane including five bridges and three viaducts over the railway line has already been completed, and the ship carrying the 57 metal deck modules will dock in Maputo by the end of the month, allowing assembly between October and November.
While the deck is still in transit, work preparing for its installation is under way, with the hanging cables that will secure the deck to the two anchorage blocks already 40 percent complete.
The crane suspended from the two main cables that will lift each of the 57 modules into position has been tested and is ready for the operation, which is scheduled for October-November.Source: AIM Moçambique