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LIVINGSTONE–SESHEKE ROAD TO BE REHABILITATED - HON MILUPI ASSURES

Livingstone - Sesheke road.

Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Charles Milupi has assured the nation that the Government will rehabilitate the damaged section along the Livingstone – Sesheke road.

Hon. Milupi said the road was important to Zambia’s economy especially that it was an international route which facilitated the flow of imports and exports.

He said the current state of the road had compelled transporters of goods and services to resort to using the Mongu – Lusaka road, thereby putting pressure on the road and the temporary bridge across the Kafue River.

The minister said this when he inspected the Livingstone – Sesheke road. He was accompanied by the RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. George Manyele and senior Government officials.

Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Charles Milupi (second from left), RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele (immediate left), RDA Southern Province Regional Manager Eng. Emmanuel Kanguma and Ng’andu Consulting Project Manager Dr. Richard Kasongo during the inspection of the road.

Hon. Milupi further expressed sadness as to why the road was left to be in a bad state for a long time.

“No road should be allowed to deteriorate to the level of the current state of the Livingstone – Sesheke highway,” he said.

He said the road was likely to be considered for financing under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement because of its economic nature.

He said it was unfortunate that the previous administration boasted about undertaking massive infrastructure development when other key roads in the country had been left to deteriorate.

“The lesson from this is when you do a road, maintain it to ensure it lasts according to the desired lifespan,” Hon. Milupi said.

 

The Livingstone – Sesheke road.

MONGU - LIMULUNGA ROAD WORKS TO BE COMPLETED SOON

A section of the Mongu-Limulunga road.

The Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) embarked on a project to rehabilitate the Mongu-Limulunga road and upgrade Muoyo road to bituminous standard in Western Province of Zambia.

RDA Regional Manager for Western Province Eng. Paul Habasimbi said the Mongu-Limulunga road was a design and build project.

Eng. Habasimbi explained that construction materials were scarce because the area where the contractor was getting them was 230 kilometres away from site.

“The contractor has set up a plant where they have mobilized all the materials needed for the road to be complete. The distance covered to get the materials has also added to the cost of the road,” Eng. Habasimbi said. 

Eng. Habasimbi said this when Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Hon. Charles Milupi toured the road.

 

The US$ 30 million road project commenced in 2019 and was supposed to be completed in June 2021. However, due to cash flow challenges, the project has been extended.

Hon. Milupi said he would engage the ministry of Finance to consider releasing the funds for the project.

“The certified works on the 3.2 kilometres is worth about USD$6 million but the contractor has been paid 3.2 million to date,” he said.

The minister said if the contractor was not paid on time, Government would spend more money in terms of interest.

Due to limited resources, Government would often engage in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as an alternative financing solution.

And AVIC International Holding Corporation Chief Engineer for the project Ben Zhou said once completed, the road would last 15 years without maintenance and 50 more years with good maintenance.

Mr. Zhou said if Government released the remaining balance for the project, the contractor would complete the works in two months.

The major scope of the works includes the following:  drainage works, construction of pavement layers, ancillary related works, extraction of materials from borrow pits and quarry.

Overall physical progress stands at 19 percent. The Contractor has surfaced approximately 3.2 km on Mongu-Limulunga road.

Meanwhile, Western Province Minister Hon. Kapelwa Mbangweta was hopeful that the Government through the ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development would work towards completing most developmental projects in the region.

A rehabilitated section of Mongu – Limulunga road.

 

Hon. Charles Milupi inspecting road works in Western Province.

EXPEDITE WORKS ON KAFUE HOOK BRIDGE, RDA URGED

One of the Piers that needs to be rehabilitated at the Kafue Hook Bridge.

Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Hon. Charles Milupi says repair works at the Kafue Hook Bridge should be complete at least by 2022.

The Minister has since demanded for an assurance from the Road Development Agency (RDA) that the repair works on the Kafue Hook Bridge would not go on beyond 2022.

Hon. Milupi said the new administration wanted the works expedited as the temporary Bridge currently being used had outlived its life span.

He said this when he inspected the extent of the damaged piers at the Bridge. The Minister was accompanied by the RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele.  

Meanwhile, Hon. Milupi was concerned that the Government had lost a lot of money because of ill planned infrastructure projects.

He has, however, assured the nation that the Government would correct the situation by ensuring that critical projects such as the repair of the Kafue Hook Bridge were completed.

Eng. Manyele disclosed that the project had been classified as a strategic one and money was being profiled to complete the project so that it gets off the books of Government.

The Government through RDA engaged China Henan International Cooperation to rehabilitate the 270 meters Kafue River Hook Bridge in the Kafue National Park at a cost of over K147 million.

The Bridge was constructed over 40 years ago and has developed cracks on some of its piers.

Project Consultant Kiran Musonda Associates’ Assistant Resident Engineer, Kokula Kanta informed the Minister that a temporary Bailey Bridge was erected adjacent to the existing structure to provide alternative passage for traffic.

The temporary Bridge adjacent to the Kafue Hook bridge along the Lusaka-Mongu road.

KATUNDA – WATOPA ROAD TO BE UPGRADED

Lukulu road.

Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Charles Milupi says the Government will address the plight of people of Lukulu District in Western Province by upgrading the Katunda-Lukulu-Watopa road.

Speaking during an on-the-spot check at the Kaoma - Katunda Junction, Hon. Milupi bemoaned the poor state of the road.

He described the road as an important economic link between Western Province and the rest of the country.

The Minister said the construction of the road to an all-weather bituminous quality road would spur economic activity for the locals which would in turn boost national development.

Hon. Milupi said Western Province possessed massive potential to contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“When upgraded, this road will unlock the productive energy of the people of Lukulu to increase productivity in agriculture and other sectors of the economy,” he said.

Hon. Milupi said the Lukulu-Katunda-Watopa road had been in a deplorable state since independence hence the urgent need for major improvement.

He said tarring the road would contribute positively towards socio-economic development of the indigenous people with a spillover effect to the rest of the country.

The section from Mongu roundabout to Katunda Junction approximately 180 kilometres which had isolated potholes had been sealed.

The section between Katunda Junction and Kaoma Junction approximately 15 kilometres has several potholes.

The section between the Tateyoyo Gate (Kafue National Park) and Nalusanaga Gate approximate 140km had isolated potholes which have been patched.

The road section between Katunda junction and Tateyoyo which is approximately 87 kilometres requires full rehabilitation.

More potholes have opened up, deep and wide posing a great danger to the road users.

The office of the regional manager has, however, continued patching the road with progress standing at 78 percent.

 

The project is aimed at patching potholes on the Lusaka-Mongu road from Mongu roundabout to Nalusanga gate (Kafue National Park) with the total distance of 404 kilometres.

The section between Kaoma and Tateyoyo gate (Kafue National Park West Gate) road is the worst affected in terms of potholes, corrugations and depressions on ripped sections.

The project is being carried out on Force Account by the RDA Western Region Office at an estimated cost of K3,557,678.35.

The scope of works is but not limited to the following: patching with cement stabilised gravel; premix patching on the carriageway; edge repair on severely damaged road edges; grading and gravelling on reconstruction section.

CHIRUNDU BRIDGE UNDER DRONE RADAR

Drones.

 

 

Road Development Agency (RDA) Engineers were yesterday among other Engineers that took part in the on-the-job training demonstration of conducting Special Bridge Inspection Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) also known as drones at Chirundu Bridge.

The Training was being done under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Technical Cooperation Project on “Bridge Maintenance Capacity Building in Zambia Phase II.

Other participants were from Zambia Railway Limited (ZRL), Zimbabwe Department of Road (DoR) and JICA Zambia office.

 

The team during a lecture at Mthunzi Lodge in Chirundu.

 

 

Speaking when he opened the training, JICA Zambia Assistant Resident Representative, Kenta Mikami said Bridge and Rail infrastructure were key to supporting the smooth transportation for goods and services thereby boosting the economy of the country.

Mr. Mikami said maintenance of Bridge and road infrastructure was, therefore, critical to connectivity.

“It is my hope that the knowledge which will be gained will be used to better the maintenance works,” he said.

 

Drone experts from SRDP Consulting Inc. display the drones before dispatching them on the inspection mission.

 

 

Representing RDA, Principal Engineer Gerald Phiri said the exercise was important and would help build on capacity in the area of Bridge maintenance.

During the theoretical presentation, JICA team leader Hideo Nagao delved on Special Bridge Inspection, JICA Deputy Team Leader Seiya Hikino looked at the summary of Inspection of Special Bridges using Drones and SRDP Consulting Inc. President and Team Leader Joel Cruz focused on Planning for Special Bridge Inspection using Drones and Equipment and Introduction of Operation of Drones.

Chirundu Bridge.