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RDA, USTDA CONFER

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RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape with Senior Management Staff during the meeting with USTDA Director of Global Programs, Ms. Andrea Lupo and her delegation at RDA Headquarters Boardroom

 

United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Director for Global Programs, Ms. Andrea Lupo and her delegation held a meeting with Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape to discuss potential partnership under the USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative.
Ms. Lupo was accompanied by Manager for Global Programs, Ms. Breanne White while RDA senior management staff were also in attendance.
Eng. Mwape said this was an opportune time to discuss potential partnership under the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).
Eng. Mwape said the Agency was open to learning new techniques in the procurement processes and USTDA’s visit should set base for future engagements under the GPI.
“This has been long overdue and we are happy to host you. The Agency has been partnering with you (U.S) in the construction of Acrow Bridges and these will transform the rural areas,” he said.

USTDA Director of Global Programs, Ms. Andrea Lupo and her delegation

Ms. Lupo said her organization was looking forward to collaborating with RDA and that USTDA was an independent Agency of the United States Government that supports infrastructure development in emerging economies across sub-Saharan Africa region.
The USTDA launched the Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI) to help partner countries secure better results from large infrastructure procurements.
The GPI trains government officials in international best practices for value-based procurement methodologies, including the use of life-cycle cost analysis, in order to foster sustainable infrastructure investments and level the playing field for greater international competition.

RDA EMBARKS ON ROAD RESERVE SENSITIZATION

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The RDA team with Mumbwa Council official and Councillors during a sensitization meeting in Mumbwa on February 7, 2019.

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has embarked on a countrywide sensitization programme on Road reserve and Road furniture.
The sensitization which was kick-started in Mumbwa and Shibuyunji District’s in Central Province would be rolled out to other parts of the country.
Road Reserve areas have been encroached by people who erect physical structures such as shops and houses in the reserve area.
Speaking when a team from RDA held a meeting with Senior Chief Shakumbila and his headmen in Shibuyunji District, Acting Principal Environmentalist Gershom Chilukusha said in certain instances people grow various crops and fruits 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 future expansion or rehabilitation works of the road network,” he said.

Senior Chief Shakumbila (far right) listening to the RDA team at his Palace

 

Mr. Chilukusha said the road reserve also provided room for the construction of drainage facilities and can also be used to lay important installation such as telecommunications and electricity cables.
RDA Principal Communications Officer Anthony Mulowa said Road furniture had continued to be vandalized throughout the country.
Mr. Mulowa said in most cases road signs, traffic lights, guardrails and studs had been removed or tampered with.
“The removal or damage of road furniture does pose a danger to road users especially those that may not be familiar with particular stretches of roads. Some of the accidents that have occurred have arisen because of vandalism of road furniture,” he said.
Senior Chief Shakumbila said his chiefdom was happy to be the first one to be engaged in the sensitization programme.
He said the leadership in his chiefdom had already started sensitizing people on the ills of encroaching onto the road reserve.
He assured the Agency that the issues of encroachment and vandalism of road furniture would be high on the agenda during the chiefdoms annual meeting in April this year.
He has since invited the Road Development Agency to be part of the meeting so that it can address the issue of Road reserve encroachment and vandalism of Road furniture.  
The team which also comprised of Sociologist Oivy Hamududu Boole and Assistant Customer Care Officer Peggy Mwanza also had a meeting with Mumbwa District Commissioner Felix Ndopu, Mumbwa Council Chairperson Gracious Hamatala, Council Secretary Damson Mukwato, Chief Moono and councilors.

(L to R) Sociologist Oivy Hamududu Boole, Assistant Customer Care Officer Peggy Mwanza, Acting Principal Environmentalist  Gershom Chilukusha and Principal Communications Officer Anthony Mulowa during a meeting with Senior Chief Shakumbila and the Headmen

Mr. Hamatala said the sensitization programme was long overdue and was happy that it had started with central province.   
He said Mumbwa District Council was working with the ministry of Lands to ensure that Title Deeds were not issued on land tied to road reserves.
The Public Roads Act through section 21 provides for road reserve sometimes called Right of Way for the various categories of roads as follows: Trunk roads 100 metres, Main roads 60 metres, District or Urban roads 36 metres and Park roads 18 metres.

L400 PHASE II WORKS TO HELP EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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Ngwerere Bridge under construction

 

Rehabilitation and construction of roads in Lusaka under the L400 phase II will change the face of the capital city and help ease traffic congestion, it has been learnt.
The Road Development Agency (RDA) has being working on the roads in Lusaka and has substantially completed 153 kilometers of roads under the L400 phase II with only ancillary works remaining.
RDA Board Members led by the Vice Chairperson Yamfwa Mukanga recently toured the project sites and said the board was impressed with the quality of works.
Mr. Mukanga however, said there was need to enhance safety features on the roads to take into consideration various interests of all road users including persons with disabilities.
Mr. Mukanga observed that the roads should have safety features like pedestrian crossing fitted with gadgets that support people living with disabilities and that the designs should also include bicycle lanes and walkways.
RDA Principal Engineer Maintenance Eng. Richard Mwape stated that contractor AVIC International project Engineering Company had completed most of the roads under phase II.

Section of completed Mungwi Road in the Industrial area

 

He said the expansion of the Great North road in Kabangwe area had come with a number of features such as roundabouts, bus bays, walkways, solar traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.
Eng. Mwape was quick to mention that the only challenge the Agency faced was the relocation of services and compensating persons in the project area.
In the case of ZESCO, the Agency has paid approximately K10 million for the relocation of power line poles.
The board members toured the 7.2 km Lumumba, 6.6 km Mungwi, Great North, Kasisi-Ngwerere roads and the Shimabala Toll Plaza.

 

National Road Fund Manager Road Tolling Infrastructure Eng. Charles Kandeke (third right) explaining operations at the Toll Plaza to the board members

 

Works on the Kasisi-Ngwerere road

PRESIDENT LUNGU COMMISSIONS MICHEAL CHILUFYA SATA TOLL PLAZA

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The Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway

President Edgar Lungu has commissioned the newly built Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway on the Copperbelt Province with a call for motorists to support the National Road Tolling initiative.
During the same occasion, the President also launched the e-Tolling System.
President Lungu said the Tolling system being rolled out in the country was not meant to overburden Zambians with taxes but help build the infrastructure countrywide using locally generated resources.
President Lungu said the successful completion of the Toll Plaza was a significant step in the implementation of the National Road Tolling programme aimed at attaining financial sustainability for road infrastructure development.

President Lungu delivering his speech during the commissioning of the Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza

‘’Toll plazas will continue being the beacon of hope in facilitating the road infrastructure development across the country,’’ President Lungu said.
The Head of State explained that the benefits to be derived from Toll Plazas would facilitate construction of new road infrastructure and maintenance of existing roads.
‘’We have prioritised the expansion and development of roads in our country and in this regard the National Tolling system will continue for successful financing of infrastructure projects in the country,” he said.
President Lungu also said the positive stride that had been made since the inception of Tolling projects would move the country from being landlocked to an inter linked one through improved road network supported by the Tolling projects.

President Lungu in a Toll Booth issues the first Toll receipt to the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Ronald Chitotela shortly after the launch.

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honourable Ronald Chitotela said the E-tolling system had been introduced to help road users pay tolling fees electronically and reduce the handling of cash by the tolling officers.
And Copperbelt minister Hon. Japhen Mwakalombe said money raised from the Tolling system would be used to rehabilitate and build road infrastructure around the country.
Hon. Mwakalombe commended the Government for having embarked on various infrastructure projects on the Copperbelt and country at large.

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honourable Ronald Chitotela displaying the e-Tolling card.

The Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza was named after the late fifth Republican President Michael Chilufya Sata.
In 2017, the Road Development Agency (RDA) awarded the contract to AVIC International Zambia Limited to construct the toll plaza at a cost of US$4.3 million.
Construction works commenced on 27th September 2017 and the works were completed and handed over to RDA on 14th September 2018.

National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) CEO Eng. Wallace Mumba explaining to President Lungu how the Tolling system will operate

 

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RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape welcoming President Lungu.

Some RDA Staff during the launch of Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Hon. Ronald Chitotela and Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota inspecting the Toll Booths shortly before the commissioning

Some of the Toll collectors stationed at Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza.

 

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