Rehabilitation work on Mbanza Kongo/Lukunga road in Angola suspended

Rehabilitation work on the 111km road connecting the Mbanza Kongo town and the Lukunga town in Angola has been suspended for correction of the base solution and the wear layer. The suspension decision was reached after a site visit by the Minister of Construction and Public Works, Manuel Tavares de Almeida.

Before the suspension the rehabilitation work was at 75%. So far, the gravel pavement coated with glue has already been applied on 20km of the road.

However, in order to guarantee the durability of the road, the glue-coated gravel or double surface treatment/ TSD) requires correction. Afterwards, the heavy traffic leaving Uíge to the border posts of Luvo and Nóqui, province of Zaire, will be able to pass through.

Furthermore, to guarantee greater road durability, the Angolan Engineering Laboratory (LEA) will be working with the Angola Roads Institute (INEA) to find an economical solution.

Since February 2009, Tecnovia Angola company has been handling the Mbanza Kongo road repair works which initially started in January 2011. The repair works also includes the Luvo border post, which has a total length of 172km.

In the beginning, the rehabilitation cost was estimated to be US $94.4m. The cost also involved deforestation, demolition of trees,landfills, drainage, paving, signalling and excavations.

Also read: Angola to rehabilitate 7000km of road

Road networks in Angola

According to the World Bank collection of development indicators, Angola’s total road network was reported to be at 51429 in 2000.

These road network includes highways, motorways, and main or national roads, secondary or regional roads, and all other roads in the country. A motorway is a road designed and built for motor traffic that separates the traffic flowing in opposite directions.

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