Trunk Road Rehabilitation Project


  • Reference: P-MZ-DB0-009
  • Appraisal Date: 01/02/2009
  • Board Presentation: 15/09/2009
  • Status: PipelinePIPE


(a) Civil works for;

(i) Pavement rehabilitation and widening to 6.8 m carriageway with 1.5 m surfaced shoulders on either side and improvement to drainage of the 122 km;

(ii) Consultancy services for supervision of civil works for the above; (c) Consulting services for the feasibility and detail engineering design studies for the Magige-Cuamba and Mandimba-Lichinga Roads as part of a national corridor; and

(iii) Audit services.


To reduce vehicle operating and maintenance costs and improve the quality of transport services to promote integration of the central and northern provinces with the south through pavement and geometric rehabilitation and improvement to drainage of links on the trunk road network.


The Pambara-Rio Save Road on the N1 covers 123 km and is part of the primary national road network and part of the SADC Regional Trunk Road Network (RTRN) designated as Route 35 meant to link Maputo the administrative capital to the central and northern provinces and further on to Tanzania through Nengomano over the Unity Bridge. The N1 is therefore both of national and regional importance. The existing road is 40 years old and therefore serving beyond its service life comprising a 6.0 m carriageway with 1.5 m gravel shoulders with limited drainage in cut conditions. It exhibits significant potholes because of its age and heavy vehicle loading and severe edge breaks due to its narrow carriageway width.

The Macomia-Oasse Road is an existing bitumen road that is serving beyond its design life and therefore requires pavement and widening of the carriageway.

Under ROCS 1 and 2 and now the ROADS-3 Programme, development partners including the World Bank, EU, USAID and DFID have rehabilitated a total of over 1030km of the N1 and currently 160km are at tender stage for World Bank financing. The preparatory studies for a further 490km are underway for sections north of the Zambezi River for financing by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The Pambara-Rio Save and Macomia-Oasse sections are therefore the missing links.


The project will provide development stimulus as a result of increased economic activity facilitated by reduced cost of transport due to lower vehicle operating costs and reduced travel times and therefore better services for the transportation of persons and goods on the link between the administrative and economic capital in the south to the central and northern provinces.

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Estimated Cost

UAC 40,000,000