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- UPGRADING TO BITUMINOUS STANDARD OF APPROXIMATELY 270 KM OF THE KATUNDA (M9) – LUKULU – WATOPA
- TENDER FOR UPGRADING OF 194KM OF KALABO - KALONGOLA (D319)-SITOTI TO MATEBELE (M10) ROAD
- UPGRADING OF 122KM OF THE KAWAMBWA - MPOROKOSO (D019)
- UPGRADING OF KASEMPA TO MUMBWA LOT 1
- UPGRADING OF KASEMPA TO MUMBWA LOT 2
- UPGRADING OF KASEMPA TO MUMBWA LOT 3
- ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF TRUNK, MAIN AND DISTRICT ROADS IN THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE
- ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF TRUNK, MAIN AND DISTRICT ROADS IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE
- UPGRADE 109 KM OF THE SOLWEZI TO KIPUSHI ROAD IN NORTH WESTERN
- UPGRADE 188.1KM OF LUWINGU TO CHABA LOT 3
MUFUCHANI BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ADVANCES
Construction progress on the deck of Mufuchani Bridge
The construction of the 160m Mufuchani Bridge across the Kafue River in Kitwe has reached an advanced stage with 45% of works having been completed, Road Development Agency (RDA) Regional Manager for Copperbelt Province, Eng. Ziko Banda has disclosed.
Eng. Banda said the Project which is being undertaken by China Henan International Group Corporation (Pty) Ltd and Supervised by Royal Haskoning DHV in Joint Venture with Bicon Zambia is funded by the World Bank at total cost of ZMW 62 million.
“So far, 45% of works have been done and the remaining 55% of the works includes high cost items such as deck concreting, pre-stressing and asphalting of the road surface.
Eng. Banda stated that works had slowed down during the rainy season but that works had now picked up. The project is earmarked for completion in December 2015.
Eng. Banda said that the bridge substructure was also complete and that the Contractor had completed most of the temporary support work for the overhead bridge deck including shuttering for the deck.
“Once the deck concrete has been set and reaches the specified strength, pre-stressing will take place. This is a highly technical procedure and requires great skill and experience. Pre-stressing is one of two important milestones keenly anticipated in a road and bridge construction project, the other being asphalting of the road surface towards the end of the project,” he said.
The Bridge will have approach roads of 280m from the Western side and 300m from the Eastern side. More than 60 Zambians of whom 8 are females have been engaged. The workers have various skills which range from Welding, Carpentry to Electrical Engineering and Administration. Among the female employees are two Civil Engineers and a Loader Operator.
CONSTRUCTION OF SIOMA BRIDGE PROGRESSES
Bridge Construction works at Sioma
Constructions works on the 252m bridge across the Zambezi river at Sioma on the Senanga-Sesheke Road in Western Province have progressed with progress standing at 54%. Road Development Agency, Regional Manager for Western Province, Eng. Gershom Mwagomba has confirmed.
The Project is being implemented by China Henan International Cooperation Group and supervised by E.G. Petit. Eng. Mwagomba said that the project includes the construction of a cantilever bridge and 500m approach roads on either side of the bridge. The project is scheduled for completion by December, 2015.
The Bridge will connect Senanga and Sesheke Districts in Western Province. Currently, motorists and local people use the pontoon to cross the Zambezi River.
The Project is being executed at a total cost of K108 million and is funded the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The construction of the Bridge started in May, 2013.
ROAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY URGED TO CLOSELY SUPERVISE ROAD WORKS ON CHINGOLA SOLWEZI ROAD PROJECT
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Lungu speaking at the Ground breaking ceremony of the Chingola - Solwezi Road project
President Lungu has called on the Road Development Agency to provide adequate supervision to contractors appointed to carry out full rehabilitation works of the Chingola - Solwezi Road Project. The President said Government will not accept substandard works on the project. He was speaking at St. Dorothy in Solwezi on June 4 when he officiated at the ground breaking ceremony for the K 1 billion road project.
President Lungu said that Government was spending colossal sums of money on the project and that there was need for all key stakeholders to ensure that the road was delivered within contract duration, cost and to the prescribed quality and standard.
“We must ensure that the new road stands the test of time. We will not accept premature failure or substandard works on this project,” Mr. Lungu said.
RDA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FULL REHABILITATION OF CHINGOLA SOLWEZI ROAD (LOT 2)
RDA CEO Kanyuka Mumba Appends his signature to the contract as China GEO Managing Director Li Jinping looks on.
The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed two contracts with China Geo Engineering Corporation Southern Africa Limited for the full rehabilitation of Lots 1 and 3 of the Chingola-Solwezi Road. Lot 1 covers 60 kilometres, while lot 2 covers 68 kilometres.
Lot 1 will be executed within 24 months from date of commencement at a Contract Sum of K481,085,786.95 VAT inclusive, while Lot 3 will be executed within a period of 24 months from date of commencement at Contract Sum of K586,506,638.14 VAT inclusive
Speaking at the signing ceremony today, RDA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Kanyuka Mumba said the signing of Lot 1 and Lot 3 comes four days after the RDA signed the Lot 2 contract for full rehabilitation of 40 kilometres of the same Chingola - Solwezi Road.
Mr. Mumba noted that the signing of the two contracts today meant that the RDA had now awarded all the contracts for all three Lots to cover the rehabilitation of the entire Solwezi - Chingola Road, which covers a total distance of 168 kilometres. The Scope of Works for the Lot 1 and Lot 3 contracts includes the following:
• Ripping of the existing pavement;
• Construction of pavement layers and sealing with 50mm asphalt concrete;
• Improvement of sub-surface drainage in sections with high water table;
• Construction of 6.8-m carriageway and 2-m sealed shoulders on either side of the road; and
• Provision of road markings and signage.
“The RDA is pleased with the signing of these three contracts, as it now marks the start of the long awaited rehabilitation works on this important road link, which leads to the copper-rich North-western Province” . Mr. Mumba said.
Mr. Mumba said that he was confident that the two contractors who had been given this onerous responsibility would perform according to RDA’S expectation.
“The RDA will not expect anything short of high quality works. The contractors are instructed to ensure that the project is delivered within the Intended Construction Period and to the prescribed standard. To our road users who have exercised maximum patience, we wish to reassure you of our commitment to deliver a better road network for North-western Province, in particular, and Zambia in general. We also wish to advise the road users to exercise caution on the road, as the rehabilitation works proceed”. Mr. Mumba said
Mr. Mumba also assured Government, and the general public that RDA was sensitive to the needs of the people of the Republic of Zambia, and was committed to providing a safer and efficient road network.