Work has commenced on the construction of a second bridge over River Pungue. This is in line with the upgrade of the Beira-Zimbabwe road. The bridge will link the districts of Dondo and Nhamatanda in the central of Mozambican province of Sofala. The bridge which will be 250 metres long will have two lanes.
The contractor: Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) will also supervise the rehabilitation and upgrade of a 288 kilometre road between the port of Beira and border town of Machipanda and neighboring Zimbabwe. Construction will involve two weigh bridges, three toll plazas, six police checkpoints, 50 public transport stops and seven aqueducts.
According to Jose Luis, spokesman of the Provincial Directorate of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources in Sofala: the road project is expected to take three years with a total budget of US$410 million, which was provided by the government of Mozambique and the bank of China, Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).
The Beira-Zimbabwe road will become a toll road with its gates at Dondo and Chimonjo. The road will also serve the following landlocked countries: Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and DR Congo that use the Beira port for foreign trade.