Africa-Press – Angola. Construction work on the national road 290, which connects the municipalities of Moçâmedes and Virei, on a 134-kilometre route, will resume in 2024, the Minister of Public Works, Urbanism and Housing announced Friday, in the province of Namibe. , Carlos Alberto dos Santos.
The government official made the announcement during a meeting with members of the administration of the municipality of Virei aimed at reassessing the technical status of this project, which has been paralyzed since 2014.
The minister guaranteed that the project is one of the priorities of the General State Budget for 2024 and will last 24 months, to provide comfort to motorists and residents, especially economic operators linked to the branches of geology and mineral resources, agriculture and livestock farming. .
Speaking on this matter, the administrator of Virei, André Cassinda, stated that this project will contribute to developing the economy of the province of Namibe, by contributing to improving the flow process of various products without using the Serra da Leba route .
“We are hopeful about this work that will give a big boost to our economy,” he said.
The project, which is in charge of the company CARMON, includes two 3.5 meter wide lanes, a 100 meter shoulder on each side, a 22 cm recycled sub-base, a 5 cm thick wearing layer, among others. elements.
In this project, 108 kilometers of road will be repaired.
The municipality of Virei has 44 thousand inhabitants, two communes and 64 localities. It has an area of 15 thousand 92 square kilometers.
Lucira – Equimina section
After visiting the municipality of Virei, the minister went to the commune of Lucira to check the progress of work on the road that connects the provinces of Namibe and Benguela, scheduled for completion in 2025.
Of the 105 kilometers of road planned, 45 kilometers have been completed so far.
The person responsible for the project, Idrise Hibraim, said that 45 kilometers have already been paved, with 65 remaining.
One of the greatest difficulties in completing the work appears to be the lack of water and the bituminous concrete”.
The project employs 274 workers, including one expatriate, and began in 2021.
The deputy governor of Namibe for the Technical and Infrastructure area, Ema da Silva, considered this section essential, as it shortens the journey to Benguela in a period of three hours, due to the reduction of 300 kilometers of road.
The commune of Lucira is 202 kilometers north of the province of Namibe and has more than 15 thousand inhabitants, mostly peasants and fishermen.
The minister’s delegation works this Saturday in the municipality of Tômbwa, specifically on the Baynes road, an area of difficult access that borders the Republic of Namibia.