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GOVT RELEASES FUNDS FOR THE REHAB OF NCHELENGE – CHIENGI ROAD WORKS

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Vincent Mwale says Government has released the money to the contractor working on the Nchelenge- Chiengi road to enable the firm work on 32 most critical points along the road.

He explained that the idea was to make the road passable before full construction could resume after the rainy season.

Hon. Mwale noted that the Nchelenge-Chiengi road was an economic one hence Government was determined to ensure that it was in good shape.

He was happy to learn that the contractor, Sino Hydro was on site and that works were progressing on well.

The Minister was on a tour in Luapula Province inspecting the state of roads and washed away bridges to ascertain what type of interventions were required.

Meanwhile, Hon. Mwale has directed the Road Development Agency (RDA) to quickly find solutions aimed at addressing all the washed away bridges and that where funds would not permit, he would engage the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in the Office of the Vice President to assist.

In another development, RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape has noted with concern the number of overloaded trucks causing damage to bridges and roads in rural areas.

Eng. Mwape said the Agency would quickly react by mounting mobile weigh bridges to curb the vice and penalize those found wanting.

He said the Agency spends huge sums of money on maintenance of bridges and roads which was why there was need for trucks to carry sizable loads.

And Eng. Mwape has also tasked contractors working on bridges to ensure quality works that will stand the test of time.

And RDA Luapula Province Regional Manager Ziko Banda said urgent attention was needed on the Kalungwishi bridge along the Nchelenge-Chiengi Road which was slowly wearing out.

Eng. Banda said a team of engineers and a consultant were carrying out an assessment to know how much would be needed for the maintenance works.

RDA CEO Eng. Elias Mwape with his team and Satra consulting checking on the condition of Kalungwishi Bridge

RDA ENGAGES LUSAKA GIRLS SEC PUPILS OVER ROAD FURNITURE VANDALISM

RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa addressing pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary school in the Main Hall.

The Road Development Agency (RDA) recently held a sensitization talk with pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary School over the dangers of vandalism of road furniture as well as encroachments on road reserves.

RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa said the Board and Management of the Agency were deeply concerned with the high levels of vandalism on road installations such as signage and culverts.

Mr. Mulowa said the Agency had embarked on a countrywide sensitization drive to caution people on the ills of vandalizing road furniture as well as encroachments on road reserves.

 “We have been engaging traditional leaders, civic leaders and the general citizenry to be wary of the increased levels of vandalism of road signage and other features on the roads. We have also extended this campaign to schools so as to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the young ones at a tender age, hence our visit to Lusaka Girls Secondary School,” he said.

Mr. Mulowa said acts of vandalism of road furniture was criminal and culprits were liable to imprisonment.

He said last year a man of Ngwerere township in Lusaka was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour after he was caught in the act vandalizing road signage along the recently constructed Ngwerere-Kasisi road.

(From far left) Lusaka Girls Secondary School Head Teacher Ms. Chanda and RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa addressing pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary school in the Main Hall.

Mr. Mulowa said the road reserve areas were important as they provided room for the future expansion of the roads such as the construction of dual carriageways.

He said road reserves were also used for the construction of road detours during road construction/rehabilitation works and room for the construction of drainage facilities.

Further, road reserves were also used to lay important installations such as telecommunication and electricity cables.

RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa interacting with pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary School in the Main Hall.
Mr. Mulowa said the Public Roads Act through section 21 provides for road reserve sometimes called Right of Way (ROW) for the various categories of roads as follows: Trunk roads, 100 metres, Main roads 60 metres, District, Branch and Urban roads 36 metres and Park and any other class of roads 18 metres. All these lengths are divided by half from the white centre line on the roads.
Lusaka Girls Pupils attentively listen to the presentation.

Mr. Mulowa said the road reserve areas had been encroached by people who erect physical structures such as shops and houses in the road reserve areas.

“In certain instances, people grow various crops and fruit, commercial trees within the road reserve areas. Conducting business or indeed settling in the road reserve areas poses a danger to the concerned people in the event that a vehicle loses control and rams into their properties or indeed themselves. It is also an impediment to the future expansion/rehabilitation works of the road network,” he said.

He said the law was very clear and that those who encroached on the road reserves could have their houses and properties demolished as sanctions.

GOVT DIGS INTO CHEAPER INNOVATIVE ROAD SOLUTIONS

Left to right: ReCAP Representative Henry Kwanga, RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape, RDA Board Vice Chairperson Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, Housing and Infrastructure Development (MHID) Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale and Acting MHID Permanent Secretary Mr. Danny Mfune.

Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) has developed pavement and geometric design and road safety manuals for Low Volume Roads in urban and rural areas to help reduce the cost of constructing roads in Zambia.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale says this was in line with the Government’s long-term strategic policies to help reduce the cost of constructing roads in the country.

“Currently, rural and urban roads are designed using standards for high volume roads, such as the Southern Africa Transport and Communications Commission (SATCC) standards. Considering the fact that low volume roads carry low levels of traffic and are rarely overloaded; these types of roads should be constructed with appropriate designs whilst maintaining the value for money,” Hon. Mwale said.

The Minister was speaking at Government Complex today when he officially launched the Low Volume Roads manuals for rural and urban roads in Zambia.

The Low Volume Roads manuals comprise: the pavement design manuals; and the geometric design and road safety manuals.

 Hon. Mwale said the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the RDA, obtained financial and technical assistance from the Africa Community Access Programme (AfCAP) for the development of these manuals.

Hon. Mwale said the adoption and use of the manuals would greatly help in providing sustainable road construction approaches at minimal life cycle costs and at the same time meeting the road safety needs of all road users.

“The adoption and use of these manuals will result in improved road features to minimise road accidents such as walkways and cycle lanes and appropriate signage and drainage. The other benefits that will be derived from the use of these manuals include: minimum adverse environmental impacts particularly with the use of non-renewable resources (gravel),” he said.

DFID Representative Magdalena Leisten, RDA Board Vice Chairperson Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga and  Housing and Infrastructure Development (MHID) Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale during the launch of the manuals for Low Volume Roads in urban and rural areas.

Other benefits include increased employment opportunities through the use of appropriate technology comprising the use of labour based methods and taking better account of stakeholder needs particularly those of local communities.

The move would also facilitate long-term goal of socio-economic growth, development and poverty alleviation in Zambia.

Hon. Mwale said the manuals would also provide all practitioners with comprehensive guidance on the wide range of factors that need to be addressed in a holistic and environmentally sustainable manner when undertaking the geometric design of rural roads or urban roads and streets.

 Hon. Mwale said the manuals take account of “best practice” developments in low volume roads technology that have evolved both regionally and internationally in the past few decades.

 “Furthermore, these manuals will ensure that a consistent and harmonised approach is followed in the design of low volume roads in the country,” he said.

 The AfCAP is a programme of research and knowledge dissemination funded by the United Kingdom (UK) Government through the Department for International Development (DFID). AfCAP is promoting safe and sustainable rural access in Africa through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community.

This initiative, which falls under the Research for Community Access Partnership (RECAP) umbrella, aims to build on the programme of high-quality research and take this forward to a sustainable future in which the results of research are adopted in practice and influence future policy.

Government through RDA approached AfCAP in 2017 to fund the development of pavement and geometric design and road safety manuals for low volume roads.

 AfCAP on 15th august 2017 engaged Messrs. Infra Africa Development consultants to develop pavement and geometric design and road safety manuals for low volume roads (both rural and urban) at a total cost of £149,709.00. The assignment was completed in November 2019.

Hon. Mwale said the launch of the Low Volume Roads manuals was a testimony that Government had not left the rural population out of its development agenda.

Hon. Mwale said the Government was now looking forward to continued engagement with AfCAP and other development partners in supporting such initiatives in order to continue improving the livelihoods of all its people in both rural and urban areas.

“Government will continue encouraging innovations, research and development activities aimed at developing new products, processes, technologies and cost-effective solutions to the numerous challenges faced by this country,” he said.

 this is indeed a joyous moment for us at the road development agency (rda) as the institution continues with its mammoth mandate as enshrined in the public roads act of 2002 of providing for the care, maintenance and construction of public roads in Zambia.