About 98 percent of construction works on the K8 billion Chapananga Bridge project across Mwanza River in Chikwawa has been completed.
The bridge, which connects people of Chimwanjale and Chibisa wards in Senior Chief Chapananga and serves as a shortcut to Mwanza and Mozambique from Chikwawa, will be ready for commissioning by December this year, according to Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango.
Speaking after assessing progress on Saturday, the minister expressed satisfaction with the works undertaken.
“This bridge is of great importance both economically and socially. For a long time people from either side of the river have been experiencing challenges in terms of trade and accessing basic social services such as schools and hospitals.
“The completion of the bridge means those challenges are over and I am happy,” he said.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Chapananga thanked government for the project, saying the bridge will ease people’s transport challenges.
The longest bridge in the country (180 metres) is being constructed by Plem Construction Limited with funding from the Malawi Government.