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Report on the Conceptual Project for the Rehabilitation of National Road Number 1 to be Published in May

Report on the Conceptual Project for the Rehabilitation of National Road Number 1 to be Published in May

The Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources (MOPHRH) has announced that the consultants hired will present the final report of the conceptual project that will guide the rehabilitation work on National Road Number 1 (N1) next May. 

According to a Club of Mozambique publication, the document includes proposals for defining road service levels, construction standards, hydraulic design, sidewalks, road safety and signage, as well as economic, environmental and social impact assessments.

“Like any other engineering project, the rehabilitation of the N1 requires planning, in order to determine the stages to be followed due to its high level of complexity,” said the organization.

The Ministry explained that although work on rehabilitating the road has not yet begun, an emergency repair program has been launched for around 115 kilometers of roads on the most critical sections, such as the Save-Casa Nova-Inchope; Inchope-Gorongosa; Gorongosa-Muera; Muera-Nhamafaza; and Nhamafaza-Caia.

In April 2022, the government announced its intention to rehabilitate the N1 and, according to calculations made at the time by the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, the work was budgeted at 750 million dollars.

The rehabilitation, which includes the construction of a total of 13 tolls, will cover 1,300 kilometers of the 2,477 kilometers of the road.

Last year, the World Bank provided around 400 million dollars in funding for the project.

The organization’s vice-president for Africa, Victoria Kwakwa, described the infrastructure as “very important” for Mozambique and the neighboring countries.

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“It is important that [the road] is in a condition to contribute to the productivity and efficiency of the economy, not only of Mozambique, but also of the countries in the region,” he emphasized.

For his part, the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Mesquita, said at the time that “the Executive continues to make efforts with the WB and the technical teams we have established to jointly develop a specific program and implementation schedule for the work, so that we can start it by the end of 2023”.

Mesquita also said that procedures are being drawn up to guide the selection of the companies that will carry out the work on the N1, and that the first phase will include the rehabilitation of 508 of the 1,050 kilometers of road identified as “difficult to pass”.

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