New bridges to address Moz challenges
From ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – UNITED Kingdom manufacturer, Mabey Bridge, has completed six new bridges that are poised to solve infrastructure challenges in Mozambique.
The Compact 200 bridges are helping put a major infrastructure project back on track after heavy flooding in 2015 had washed away most of the road infrastructure.
Among facilities affected including a concrete bridge in the Ile District, which had threatened the completion of a major road building project in the region.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) on behalf the government of Japan and which is highly active in Africa, is funding the road building project, the Zambezia Province is carrying out.
JICA’s contractor, KONOIKE-DAIHO, turned to Mabey Bridge to help resolve the issue, and the installation of 6 Compact 200 modular bridges commenced in November last year.
Mark Wong, Mabey Bridge General Sales Manager – Asia, said the company was proud of the speed at which it was able to provide a response to the customer and of the support it were able to provide in helping the JICA obtain funding approval quickly.
“Once installed, our temporary bridges will enable a major infrastructure project to recommence. We are delighted to have been able to support a customer in this way,” said Wong.
The bridges are each 30,48 metres in length and comprise one lane, providing temporary relief until a more permanent structure can be built. Although temporary, they are designed to bear the weight of the major road building equipment that the contractor is bringing onto site to recommence building of the road network.
Once completed the new 225km long highway will link Ile with Cuamba.
– CAJ News
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