TRAC has announced that the major upgrade of the EN4 – between Matola and Maputo (Sections 19 and 20) in Mozambique – has in essence been completed.
The road between the two densely-populated urban areas has been upgraded to a six-lane carriageway and the existing paving was rehabilitated. In addition, several bridges were widened and barrier walls, drains and walkways were built.
Some auxiliary works, such as pedestrian walkways and a few drainage elements are still incomplete and are expected to be finalised this month (July 2019). However, this is unlikely to frustrate road users. The possibility of constructing an elevated median between the two carriageways – from the Shoprite Intersection to the Maputo Plaza – in a separate contract, is being considered and discussed with the authorities.
As is always expected with projects of this magnitude, traffic disruptions were experienced during the construction phase and TRAC has thanked road users for their patience and understanding.
Hey, don’t sweat TRAC. When you see an end result as shown in the accompanying photograph, it’s all OK. We know you pride yourself on offering quality road infrastructure and therefore continuously work on improving and maintaining the route under your management. This new upgrade looks world-class so any inconvenience to road users was worthwhile.
Whenever road maintenance is being conducted on any route and I am delayed, I sit back, relax and think of the words of the late USA President John F Kennedy who said: “It’s not our strong economy that gave us good roads. It’s our good roads that gave us a strong economy”. That says it all and a big congratulations to TRAC on doing a great job on this EN4 upgrade.