15 August 2008

Angola: Part of Luanda's Highway Complete By December

Luanda — Part of Luanda's highway, in charge of Brazilian building firm Odebrechet, will be open to traffic by next December, in order to facilitate the circulation, pledged on Friday the company's director, Tiago Brito, .

Addressing ANGOP, the source said that everything is being done so that till December the company hand over one of the highway's sides, in a total of 33 kilometres, starting from Cabolombo as far as the road's intersection.

Seven kilometres of the road have already been asphalted, including placing of drains, as well as gutters and alignments, to avoid blockages.

According to him, the lane to be delivered comprises public electricity works and road signs, while the works proceed in another lane.

Tiago Brito also explained that the completion of all project is scheduled for July 2009.

The work is in the light of the project of timely solutions to improve the traffic in the country's capital, carried out by the Road Institute of Angola (INEA).

For this purpose the Brazilian building company has created alternative ways with view to avoid the constraints to drivers using that route, said Mr Brito.

The road intersection will enable the connection between South and Eastern zones of Luanda province.

The highway works started in October 2007 and absorb 3,000 workers, ranging from drivers, machine operators, managers, bricklayers, carpenters to engineers.

The highway linking the districts of Cacuaco/Viana/Cabolombo will have a cross profile of 42.40 metres, with two lanes in each side, measuring 20 metres wide each side.

After its opening to the traffic, the way will improve the connection amongst the districts of Cacuaco,Viana, Samba and Kilamba Kiaxi, however reducing the circulation in Luanda city and the access to the new airport of Luanda, starting from Luanda's neighbouring provinces.

Other part linking highway to Cacuaco district is entrusted to the building company Queiroz Galvão, responsible for the execution of the remaining 22 kilometres.

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