22 July 2013
Construction of the deck of the new second bridge over the Zambezi River in the city of Tete, in Mozambique, is due for completion before the end of this year, the director-general of road company Estradas do Zambeze, Jorge Valério said in Tete. “After laying the deck finishing work will be carried out, including construction of guard rails, electrical installations and paving, which take longer,” he said. However, Valério said that, taking into consideration the current rate of construction, the bridge will be finished and delivered to the Mozambican government a month before the date outlined in the contract (September 2014). Construction began in April 2011.
The new bridge over the Zambezi River in the city of Tete is located at Benga, about 5 kilometres downstream of the current Samora Machel bridge, and is 715 metres long and 14.80 metres wide including both the road and pavements on either side. The bridge will reduce traffic on the Samora Machel bridge, which includes heavy vehicles carrying goods from landlocked areas in countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana to the port of Beira and vice versa, and is restricted to one vehicle at a time, causing delays and tailbacks. The work is expected to cost some 105.2 million euros and includes repairs on around 260 kilometres of road linking the city of Tete to the borders with Zimbabwe, on the way to the capital Harare, and with Malawi, to its capital, Blantyre.
Background: Mozambique to build new bridge over the Zambezi, BBC News, 8 July 2010