Maputo’s new suspension bridge will improve the daily lives of residents
Mozambique has entered the history books in the infrastructure stakes, now being the proud owner of the longest suspension bridge on the continent. The Maputo-katembe Suspension Bridge, set to be officially launched in October, now means vehicles can drive between the capital Maputo and the Municipal District of Katembe. Katembe, a small and picturesque town on the south end of Maputo Bay, is one of the largest tourist attractions in Mozambique.
The bridge deck is just under 700 meters long and hangs between two towers measuring more than 135 meters each, while the entire bridge length exceeds 3 km.
It forms part of a larger 209-km Maputo Bridge and Link Roads construction project that ends at the border town of Ponta do Ouro, with a total budget of $875 million financed through a concessional loan from the Export-import Bank of China, according to Silva Magaia, CEO of Maputo South Development Co., who manages the project. The bridge was built by China Road and Bridge Corp. along with Germany’s Gauff Engineering.
Magaia said that “the project has a technological complexity” as the location created enormous challenges derived from access to the bridge in a heavily occupied urban environment, which has made the acquisition of work areas a marvel of engineering. In the process, 3,000 jobs were generated, according to the Chairman of Maputo City Council David Simango.
The construction of the bridge began in March 2012 with a launch ceremony of the first stone laid by then Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.
The bridge will help do away with the tedious waiting time that motorists endure while
The Maputo-katembe Suspension Bridge is the longest of its kind in Africa