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PRESIDENT LUNGU INSPECTS CHINGOLA - SOLWEZI ROAD AND PLEDGES SUPPORT TO RDA
President Lungu Inspecting the Solwezi- Chingola Road recently
Republican President Edgar Lungu has said the Chingola-Solwezi road has huge potential to spur economic development and that there is no better pre-requisite for development than a good road.
Speaking when he toured the 169 kilometer road that is under full rehabilitation, President Lungu pledged to render support to the Road Development Agency to ensure that the on-going rehabilitation works are completed on schedule. The President who drove the entire stretch of the road from Solwezi to Chingola said he would also ensure that the road project was priotised in terms of payments.
President Lungu who was accompanied by Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honorable Ronald Chitotela, Housing and Infrastructure Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota and Road Development Chief Executive Officer Elias Mwape among other dignitaries noted that the road remained one of his top developmental priorities. He said the road was key to development because of its pivotal role in facilitating mining, agricultural and tourism activities in North Western Province.
President Lungu said his visits to various developmental projects countrywide were important because his job was to ensure that development reached every part of the country. He called on the road contractors on the project to complete the works by the end of this year. “I want the project to be completed before the end of this year", he said.
President Edgar Lungu being introduced to Road Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape and other Senior RDA officials by Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela during President Lungu’s tour of the Chingola - Solwezi Road recently.
SECTION OF LUANGWA FEIRA ROAD DAMAGED
A section of the Luangwa Feira Road coded D 145 has been damaged following heavy rains and suspected earth movements the Road Development Agency has announced.
RDA Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Mrs Loyce Saili in a statement released on Monday February 14, announced that a section of the road situated approximately 4 kilometres from the junction of Great East Road at Luangwa had been damaged by what the Agency suspected to be underground water from the nearby mountains that had sipped into the foot of the mountain and the pavement layers of the road causing some shearing on a section measuring approximately 300 meters.
Mrs Saili said the Agency had since dispatched a team of Engineers to investigate the possible cause of the damage. In addition, the Agency had instructed its Contractor China Geo to immediately mobilise to site to help in remedying the situation.
And Housing and Infrastructure Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota has announced that Government would engage the services of the Geological Survey Department to carry out a thorough investigation on the damaged section of the road.
Landslide on the damaged section of the Luangwa Feira Road
Mr Mushota who inspected the damage with RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape on 14th February 2017 said the initial assessment by RDA Engineers was that the damage could have been occasioned by seismic movements and heavy rains that were being experienced in the area. He said it was important for the RDA to establish the exact cause of the damage in order to prescribe the right intervention that was required to fix the damage. An inspection by the RDA team revealed that the nearby mountain had developed a huge crater on the top measuring about 6 meters wide. The separation in the mountain had caused a landslide as evidenced by the huge rocks that had fallen on the side of the road.
Damaged section of the Luangwa - Feira Road
Engineer Mushota said there was no doubt that the job to repair the damage would be huge basing on the visual inspection and damage that had been caused. He said the RDA would keep the road closed to the travelling public until the investigations were concluded by the Geological Department and RDA. In the meantime, the RDA is working to establish an alternative route to service people travelling between Feira and Luangwa and other towns beyond.
Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota inspected the damaged road.
CONSTRUCTION OF TOWNSHIP ROADS IN MANSA AND LUWINGU PROGRESSES
The construction of approximately 50 kilometers of township roads in Mansa and Luwingu Districts at a cost of about USD 30 million dollars has progressed.
Road Development Agency Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs Loyce Saili has disclosed that 25 kilometers of roads in Mansa were under maintenance while an additional 20 kilometers of gravel roads were being upgraded to bituminous standard. She added that the Agency was upgrading another 5 kilometers of township roads in Luwingu.
Mrs. Saili said the urban road works were being executed as a variation order to the main works that were done on the Mansa - Luwingu Road that was commissioned in August 2015. The Project is being executed by China Geo the same contractor that worked on the Mansa - Luwingu Road.
Mrs. Saili indicated that a progress of about 47% had been recorded on the upgrading of roads in Luwingu, while 80% progress had been achieved on the upgrading of 20 kilometers of township roads in Mansa and 51% on the maintenance of 25 kilometers of urban roads in Mansa.
And RDA Luapula Region Manager Gaston Meleki has urged motorists to observe traffic rules and not to over speed on the newly constructed Roads. Engineer Meleki also urged people not to throw garbage in the newly constructed drainages.
He said RDA had partnered with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to mount speed cameras on the newly constructed roads.
CONSTRUCTION OF PEDICLE ROAD NEARS COMPLETION
The upgrading of the approximately 70 kilometer Pedicle Road from gravel to bituminous standard which links the Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces through the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached an advanced stage with the project standing at about 81% to completion.
The project being executed by Copperfield Mining Services at a cost of over ZMK304 million includes the construction of a bridge at Lubembe.
Speaking during a media tour of the Project recently, Road Development Agency Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Loyce Saili said the Agency was pleased that the project was nearing completion. She said the project which commenced in November 2012 was initially scheduled for completion in November 2014. The project will now be completed in October this year. Mrs. Saili noted that challenges such as constrained cash flow and difficulties in sourcing of stone aggregates had contributed to the delay in completion of the project.
Mrs. Saili was however quick to add that the contractor had since been paid some of the outstanding funds and that works would now be accelerated to complete the project. She said the heavy rainfall being experienced in the area had also slowed down the pace of work. She added that the projection by the RDA was that the project would now be completed by October this year.
“The contractor has paved 47 kilometers out of the 70 kilometers. We have already opened up about 43 kilometers to traffic,” She said.
Mrs. Saili also disclosed that construction works on the Lubembe Bridge located approximately 21 kilometers from Chembe on the Pedicle Road had progressed significantly. Overall physical progress on the project was standing at 88% to completion. She said most of the works on the substructure and superstructure had been completed.
Once completed, the road will serve as a shorter and most direct link connecting Luapula and Copperbelt Provinces. The construction of the road is also expected to reduce travel time and consequently the cost of doing business between the two Provinces.The project is wholly funded by the Zambian Government.