Government launches international tender to repair road in Cabo Delgado Province
This year, the government of Mozambique plans to launch an international tender for the repair and paving of the MuedaNegomano road, over a distance of 100kilometres in the province of Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country.
The provincial director of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Dino Coutinho, told reporters that the African Development Bank (AfDB) had guaranteed funds for half the cost of the project and the government is now mobilising additional financial resources for the work.
The refurbishment of the road will facilitate the movement of vehicles, people and goods between Mozambique and Tanzania across the Unity Bridge, inaugurated in 2010. The bridge, which cost US$35-million, was built through the financial contribution of the two countries in equal amounts.
Notícias reported that the Mueda-Xitaxi, Montepuez-Namuno-Balama, MuepaneMahate-Quissanga, Chinda-Mocimboa da Praia-Metoro-Lúrio and Mazeze-ChiúreMecúfi roads in Cabo Delgado Province will also be refurbished in 2017.
Repairs on road between Beira and Machipanda to be finished in April 2018
Work to repair and improve the N6 National Road between the port city of Beira (Sofala Province), and the border town of Machipanda is expected to be finished in April 2018.
Work on the 288-kilometre road, which began in April 2015, is expected to cost US$410-million and is funded by the Mozambican government and the EXIM Bank of China.
According to Notícias, 45% of the work has been concluded and by the end of the year a 60-kilometre section will have been paved in the districts of Dondo and Nhamatanda (Sofala Province), where a 220-metre bridge is due to be built over the Púnguè River.
The refurbishment of the N6 road will also benefit neighboring countries that use the port of Beira for imports and exports, including Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Source: MacauHub/Jornal Notícias
First batch of mobile bridges arrives in the country
On Friday 21 October, the Director General of the National Institute for Disaster Management (Instituto Nacional de Gestão de Calamides, INGC), João Machatine, was quoted as saying that the first batch of mobile bridges is due to arrive in Mozambique this week, with a second batch arriving in the first half of November.
The bridges have been bought in preparation for the rainy season and the purchase comprise of three models: one of 21 metres in length, another of 75 metres in length and the third (considered the most valuable) of 45 metres in length which is extendable. Machatine said that the bridges cost just over US$11-million, paid for out of the State Budget. He also revealed that the repayment period is two-and-a-half years, starting next year. The bridges will be prepositioned in Zambézia Province, where the Licungo River presents a high risk for flooding which often result in the closing of roads.
Source: Folha de Maputo/Diario de Moçambique
Maputo Bus Rapid Transport system faces lack of funding
The bus rapid transit (BRT) scheme for Maputo is now in doubt because of lack of funds. The Mozambican government had agreed finance for the project with Brazil, but that was before the overthrow of the elected President, Dilma Roussef.
The Maputo BRT was costed at US$225million. Preliminary work, including identifying the households to be resettled and the structures that must be demolished to make way for the bus lanes has already been undertaken. Building the BRT should have begun – but there is no money, supposedly because the Brazilian legal authorities are looking at all the agreements signed by the Roussef government.
The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, told reporters that the Mozambican and Brazilian governments are talking about the matter, but he could not confirm whether Brazil would still finance the project as initially agreed.
But he added that the municipality is now in discussion with other, unnamed, bodies with a view to obtaining the necessary finance.
In its initial phase, the planned BRT would imply structural changes in eight major roads on a route from downtown Maputo to the outer neighborhood of Magoanine.
160 articulated buses would be acquired for this route.
Mayor Simango insisted that, even if the Brazilians did withdraw their funding, the BRT will go ahead. In principle, the system could carry 7,500 passengers an hour, and would greatly relieve the Maputo public transport system.
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Moçambique/Notícias
TRAC not equipped to deal with major accidents
The South African company Trans African Concessions (TRAC), which operates the Maputo-South Africa motorway, has admitted that it does not possess the equipment required to deal with major traffic accidents, and does not intend to purchase it.
Therefore, in the event of serious accidents, TRAC is dependent on hiring equipment to clear the road. During the week of 9 to 16 October, there were three accidents on the motorway involving trucks, one of which blocked the motorway. In this case, TRAC had to pay MT800,000 (about US$10,390, at current exchange rates) to hire a crane to remove the damaged vehicles.
Cited in the latest issue of Domingo, Fenias Mazive, the manager of the TRAC Maintenance Centre said that TRAC has no cranes, tanker trucks or trailers of its own, and has no intention of buying any. Mazive regarded such expenditure as unnecessary.
TRAC has basic equipment such as traffic cones, luminous signs, emergency cars, and kits of products to disinfect the road in the event of spills of fuel, oils or toxic chemicals. Mazive added that TRAC has a list of contacts of service providers who own the equipment it may need. For motorists using the road, this is of little comfort since equipment hired from these providers may take hours to arrive.
The most serious recent accident occurred on 11 October, when a truck laden with sugar caught fire, because of a fault in one of the rear axles. By the time the driver realised his vehicle was ablaze, it was too late to use the fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
When the service providers called on by TRAC arrived, the tuck was totally burnt out. But in the interval, local people raided the burning truck, using sacks, buckets or anything else that came to hand to steal the sugar.
On 12 October, another sugar truck suffered an accident on the road in the city of Matola, and it too was looted. The following day, a pickup truck carrying chickens overturned in Matola.
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Moçambique
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