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The contract for the rehabilitation of 24 kilometers of the Lusaka - Chirundu Road (Link 4) from the escarpment to Chirundu Border has been awarded to China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited, Road Development Agency (RDA) Project Manager for World Bank Funded Project, Eng. Nicholas Mulenga has confirmed.

On 21 December, 2015, the Road Development Agency signed a contract worth US$ 23, 437,569.00 with China Henan for the rehabilitation of the remaining section of the Lusaka - Chirundu Road. The contract will be executed in a period of 12 months. The Project will be supervised by SWECO Engineering Consultants, in association with BICON Zambia Limited who supervised works on links 1, 2 and 3 of the same Road.

Eng. Mulenga said the Contractor, China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited was the major contractor that executed the 72 kilometer Lusaka – Chirundu Project and was therefore expected to carry out the works expeditiously.

The project is being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA).

The rehabilitated section of Lusaka - Chirundu Road (Link 3 )


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Reconstructed sections of the  Chinsali - Nakonde Road

The Periodic Maintenance of the 213 kilometer Chinsali - Nakonde Road in Muchinga Province by China Henan Corporation Group Co. Limited has substantially been completed, Road Development Agency (RDA) Muchinga Province Regional Manager, Eng. Samuel Twasa has disclosed.

Eng. Twasa said that the road was earmarked for a full rehabilitation once funds were available.  The road has undergone holding maintenance comprising works such as pothole patching and resurfacing of bad sections.Engineer Twasa disclosed that the one year Project had been implemented at a contract sum of K73, 290,932.66 and is currently under the defects liability period for the next 12 months.

The scope of works for the project included: pothole patching and edge repair, selected shoulder reconstruction and reconstruction of selected collapsed sections.         Others works were: replacement and repair of existing drainage structures and improvement of side drains.

The Chinsali - Nakonde Road is a strategic road that links the rest of the country to Ports in East Africa and beyond. The Road is also the gateway to the East Coast through which exports and imports are channeled within the COMESA Region.


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A demonstration of pothole patching(left)  and A team of RDA Staff witnessing Pothole patching(right)

A South African Company called Samstone has expressed interest to partner with the Road Development Agency in providing new solutions for road maintenance particularly pothole patching.

Samstone is promoting new technology which uses a velocity machine to mend potholes. The company which is specialized in road maintenance and pothole patching yesterday held a demonstration of their new pothole patching technology at the Lumumba and the Great North Road (T2) junction. RDA officials from the construction and rehabilitation department, Road Maintenance and the Materials Research and Development unit attended the demonstration.

Speaking at the demonstration site, Samstone Managing Director John Samaras said the new innovation technology for pothole patching was good technology used in Europe and was being tried in South Africa as well.

“Our technology in pothole patching is new in the Southern Africa region and it is the best for road maintenance of potholes. We are fast in our operations and i must also mention that our machines are mobile and so we do not consume much time to move to the next pothole and the integrity of the materials used can go up to 4 to 5 years on a busy  road.”

Meanwhile, RDA Material Research and Development Principle Engineer Joseph Goma explained that the technology was new adding that the Agency needed to assess the approach used by Samstone Company in patching potholes and also examine the durability at the demonstration site. He further said that the demonstration site will be under observation and will be assessed monthly and quarterly thereafter.

“We need to assess the approach and the performance of the technology and we have so far taken the samples of the material used and we are yet to examine them in the lab to determine the liability and the effectiveness of the materials used to patch the pothole “, said Eng. Goma.

When asked about the difference with the technology being used currently by the local contractors, Mr. Goma said for the  local standards, contractors  cut the potholes to remove the loose materials and thereafter premix is applied which is later compacted. The RDA also uses this methodology under Force Account works (in -house works).

Under the new technology, pot holes are cleaned to remove the top loose material after which premix is compacted by the velocity machine and vehicles as they drive on the road.


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Completed sections of the Chama - Matumbo Lot 1

The Upgrading and Re-alignment of the 32 kilometer Road from Muyombe Junction to Chama and 42 kilometers of Chama to Luangwa River including 12 Kilometers of Urban Roads in Chama is substantially complete with 76 kilometers surfaced representing 99 percent physical progress.

RDA Regional Manager for Muchinga Province, Eng. Samuel Twasa said the Project forms Lot 1 of the Chama - Matumbo Road Project that will connect Chama to Matumbo across the Luangwa River.

The Project is being executed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Company Limited and supervised by East Consult Zambia Limited. Engineer Twasa indicated that the K492 million contract was virtually complete. Only some ancillary works are still outstanding.

The scope of work for the project included: Earth works for deviations, construction of Sub Grade, Sub Base and Cemented Base Course. Other works included: Construction of drainage structures, construction of wearing course with double Surface Dressing, Provision of road furniture and ancillary works.

This Project is expected to link with Chama - Matumbo Lot 2 which is the Upgrading and Re-alignment of 115 kilometers from Great North Road at Matumbo to Luangwa River in Muchinga Province. Lot 2 is being executed by China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic & Technical Co-operation.

Eng. Twasa disclosed that Lot 2 was equally progressing well.  The project  whose cost of implementation is K399 million is being supervised  by  Zulu Burrow. The scope of works includes: Earth works construction of Sub grade , Sub base  and Cemented base Course. Others works are Construction of drainage Structures, Double Surface dressing, Provision of road furniture and ancillary works.

He said once Lot 2 and the bridge at Luangwa River were completed, the road would provide the shortest route to Eastern Province from Northern and Luapula Provinces. Travel   time and Vehicle Operating Costs for road users are expected to reduce with the completion of the road.

“The road will also enhance tourism as it passes through Musalangu Game Management Area and leads to North and South Luangwa Game Parks. It also passes through farming communities; this will ensure timely transportation of farming inputs and produce,” he said.

Completed sections of Township Roads in Chama

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