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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.

Western view of construction works on the deck of the Bridge


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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.

Reinforcement works on Girder No. 8


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His excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Lungu speaking at the Ground breaking ceremony  of the 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.

President Lungu drives a grader to signify the commencement of works on the Chingola- Solwezi Road
Government, through the Road Development Agency (RDA), has awarded contracts to China Geo and Buildcon Investments Limited to rehabilitate the Chingola-Solwezi Road.
The Chingola-Solwezi road project will be executed within 24 months with China Geo carrying out works on lot 1 and lot 3 at a cost of K481 million and K587 respectively while Buildcon Investment will work on lot 2 at a cost of 305 million kwacha.
The President noted that despite the road being an important link, it had remained poor for a long time. “It is Government’s expectation and desire that the construction of this road will be undertaken within the project duration which is approximately 24 months. The road is an important vital link to mining firms and other economic activities in the province, we expect the quality of works to be of international standard”, he emphasized.
Once rehabilitated, the Chingola - Sowlezi road will provide an efficient transportation system to support copper mining and other economic activities between Copperbelt and North-Western provinces. The North-Western Province is home to large mining houses such as Kansanshi and Lumwana. The province also boasts of other economic activities such as agriculture and tourism which will also greatly benefit from the improvement of the road.
Once completed, the safety of motorists will be enhanced while vehicle operating costs will be reduced significantly.  Travel time between Solwezi and Chingola will also be reduced tremendously. The President also appealed to road users to avoid over-speeding on new roads a trend which he said had led to a number of fatal accidents which could have been avoided. The President also urged the people of North-Western and Copperbelt provinces to support the contractors as they carry out rehabilitation works.
“Incidences of vandalism, which have been recorded in other parts of the country where roads have been constructed, should be avoided as such acts merely serve to reverse the gains that Government has made in improving road infrastructure,” Mr. Lungu cautioned.
Speaking at the same function, Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Dr. Mutaba Mwali assured the nation that his Ministry would closely supervise the two contractors to ensure that a good job is done.
“It is a relief for us to see the start of the long-awaited rehabilitation of this important road. The road has been carefully designed to accommodate heavy vehicles going to the mines,” Dr. Mwali said.
And Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu, who is also Zambezi West Member of Parliament, said the road will accelerate economic development and improve the lives of the people of North-western when completed.
North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya said people in the province are grateful to Government for fulfilling its promise to rehabilitate the road.
RDA CEO Mr. Kanyuka Mumba with his counterparts Mr. Zindaba Soko CEO RTSA  (middle)  and Dr. Antony Mwanaumo CEO NRFA at the ground breaking of Chingola Solwezi Road
Northwestern Province senior chiefs attended the ground breaking ceremony


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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.  

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