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First Lady Esther Lungu with her Malawian counterpart Getrude  Mutharika at the RDA Stand


First Lady Esther Lungu has commended the Road Development  Agency for faciltiating the consturction of major roads and bridges countrywide.

Mrs. Lungu said she was highly impressed with the road projects that were being implemented under the Link Zambia 8000 and other programmes. She said she had personally visited some on-going road projects such as the Mongu- Kalabo Road Project in Western Province and was happy with the tremendous progress recorded so far.

The first Lady was speaking at the 89th Lusaka Agricultrual and Comemrcial Show when she visited the RDA stand with Malawain First Lady Mrs. Getrude Mutharika.

And Malawaian First Lady Mrs Mutharika said she was happy to learn of the major road construction programmes going on in Zambia. Mrs. Mutharika was particuallry delighted to learn about the Mongu - Kalabo  road project and the planned Kalabo- Sikongo project which would link Zambia to Angola at Sikongo. She was also elated to learn about the rehabiliation works on Great East Road from Luanagwa Bridge to Mwami Boarder including the planned cosntruciton of a one stop boarder facility between Zambia and Malawi at Mwami.

The two first ladies later signed a visitors book at the RDA stand in which they both commended the RDA  for its good work. And speaking at the same event, RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa thanked the two first ladies for finding time to visit the RDA stand. Mr. Mukupa said the Agency was geared to complete all the major on-going road projects on behalf of Government for the people of Zambia.

“ First ladies I wish to assure you that the RDA is committed to delivering all the projects that we have under implementation. Allow me to also thank you most sincerely for finding time to visit our stand” Mr. Mukupa said.

Malawian First Lady Mrs. Getrude Mutharika signs the visitor’s book at the RDA stand


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Completed section of Asphalt pavement on the Pedicle Road


· P  Paving works in progress

Th  The upgrading of the 70Km Pedicle Road from Mokambo Border Post on the Copperbelt Province to   Chembe in Luapula Province via the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reached an advanced stage with over 30 kilometers of the road tarred so far.
Road Development Agency (RDA) Luapula Province Regional Manager, Engineer Guston Meleki in an interview said that the physical road works on the project now stand at 64%. Eng. Meleki said the K297 million road project had employed 350 people and was scheduled to be completed in October this year.
The Project is being undertaken by a Zambian contractor; Copperfield’s Mining Services and is being supervised by Rankin Engineering Consultants. Eng. Meleki said the scope of works includes upgrading of the road from gravel to bituminous standard and construction of a two lane bridge across the Lubembe River where a single-lane bridge exists.
Once completed, the road will create a shorter link between the Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces and between Luapula and Northwestern including Northern Provinces.  For many years, the Pedicle road has served as an important transit route through the DRC but its poor state has been a source of concern for travelers.
The upgrading of the Pedicle Road is financed by the Zambian Government at a contract sum of K279 million.



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Newly surfaced section complete with side drains


The upgrading of the 158km Kawambwa via Mushota to Luwingu Road and the Chisembe to Chief Chama Road in Luapula Province from gravel to bituminous standard is progressing well with overall physical works now standing at 71 per cent.


Road Development Agency (RDA) Luapula Province Regional Manager, Eng. Guston Meleki has confirmed said that the  K258 million project being implemented by UNIK Civil Contractors and supervised by BCHOD had been divided into four sections with  different interventions.

Eng. Meleki said that Section 1 involved the periodic maintenance of 24 km of the Kawambwa to Kawambwa Tea Estate Road while Sections 2, 3 and 4 involved the Upgrading of the 105Km of the Road from the D019 Junction via Mushota to Luwingu to bituminous standards while Section 5 involved the upgrading of the 30Km of the Chisembe to Chief Chama Road from an earth road to all weather gravel road.

Eng. Meleki said works on section 1 had been completed the entire 24km stretch surfaced. Section 2, 3 and 4 were at 66 per cent complete for subgrade formation, 54 per cent for sub-base construction, 54 per cent for base construction and 32 per cent for double seal construction.  Works on section 5 stood at 37 per cent of road formation and gravelling.

The Contractor has engaged three sub-contractors while 170 people have been employed. The Project which started in April 2013 is scheduled for completion in November 2015.

The Kawambwa - Mushota - Luwingu passes through the Luena Farm Block which is earmarked for the development of a sugar plantation that will produce sugar for exports to Europe via Dar-es-salaam. This Project is also expected to spur the general economic development of Luapula and Northern Provinces. Once completed, the road will also ease transportation of agro-produce as well provide easy access to education and health facilities to communities living along the road. The Road will be the shortest link from Kawambwa via Luwingu and Kasama through to Nakonde.

Completed section of the Kawambwa Mushota Road


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Dumping of gravel on diversion

Newly constructed diversion

The full rehabilitation of the 168km Solwezi-Chingola road by China Geo Engineering Corporation Southern African Limited and Buildcon Investments Zambia Limited has commenced.
In order to expedite the works, the project has been dived into three Lots or sections. Lot 1 is being undertaken by China Geo covering 60 kilometers, Lot 2 by Buildcon Limited covering 40 Kilometers and Lot 3 by China Geo covering 68 kilometers. The scope of work involves full rehabilitation of the existing road pavement which has deteriorated over the years.
Apart from construction of the diversions, the establishment of offices and accommodation for project staff by the two Contractors is also under way. And RDA Regional Manager, Eng. Ziko Banda who is supervising Lot 1 is happy that the contractor has mobilised and commenced some works which mostly comprise clearing and grabbing.
The rehabilitation of the Chingola - Sowlezi road will be implemented in a period of 24 months at a cost of over K1 million.

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