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Chiawa bridge finally completed

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Side view of the completed Chiawa Bridge                                   Front view of the Bridge


The construction of the K53million Chiawa Bridge Project across the Kafue River in Chirundu District has been completed with the Contractor China Henan International Cooperation Limited (CHICO) currently attending to snags in readiness for handover to the Road Development Agency (RDA).

RDA Project Manager for World Bank Funded Projects, Eng. Nicholas Mulenga who was on site yesterday said the Contractor was doing final touches  to 140m long bridge whose commissioning comes in few weeks’ time before the end of August, 2014.

The state of the art bridge with street lights and 800m of surface dressing road sections on each side has been completed within schedule with road markings and signs in place. It lies across the Kafue River in Chieftainess Chiawa’s area replacing the pontoons that have over the years restricted the flow of traffic and movement of people to and from Chiawa and the lower Zambezi which are endowed with tourism resources. The pontoons have operated from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours after which no one could cross the Kafue River.

The Bridge has been constructed as a link between Chirundu and Chiawa where the Leopards Hill – Katoba Road in Lusaka will pass through Chiawa to link with Chirundu. Once this road is completed, it will serve as an alternative route to motorist, truckers and bus operators to Lusaka and beyond.


Mukanga happy with progess on the L400 road projects

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Minister of Transport, works, supply and communication Hon. Yamfya Mukanga has expressed happiness at the pace and construction of roads under the L400 road project. Speaking after a tour of selected roads under the L400 Road Project, Hon. Mukanga said it is was very heartening to see  considerable progress on the US $ 348 million project.


Government collects K18.63 million from toll gates in the last six months

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Government says it has raised over K 18.63 million in the last six months from toll gates fitted on some selected points on some roads in the country. Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga said the money was raised through a pilot project involving seven toll gates that have been erected on weigh bridges and that only trucks passing through the seven bridges are currently being levied.


RDA signs a contract for the upgrading of Chienge to Kaputa and Chienge- Luchinda roads

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Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer for RDA Mr. Andrew Chisala with deputy Director for China Henan Xiao Liang during a joint signing ceremony of upgrading Chienge-Kaputa and Chienge-Luchinda roads at RDA headquarters Lusaka

RDA Acting director and chief executive officer Mr. Andrew Chisala (right) with Copperfields mining services director projects Eng. Kalunda Chibalange signing a contract on Chienge-Kaputa and Chienge-Luchinda roads at RDA Head office in Lusaka


The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a contract with Copperfield Mining Services and China Henan International Co-operation for the   upgrading of 78.1 km of the Chienge to Kaputa road (U 2) and 27.6 km of the Chienge- Luchinda (D77) in Luapula province including 10 km of urban roads in Kaputa town at a contract sum of Five Hundred Million, Forty Thousand, Six Hundred Thirteen Kwacha Seventy Eight Ngwee Only (KR 500, 040,613.78)

RDA Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Andrew Chisala signed the contract on behalf of the Agency while Kalunda Chibalange signed on behalf of Copperfield Mining Services and Xiao Laing on behalf of China Henan. The project is a joint venture between the two contracting firms. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Kaputa Constituency Member of Parliament Maxas Ngo’nga and his Nchelenge counterpart   Raymond Mpundu.

Speaking shortly after signing the contract today, Mr. Chisala said the project site was located in Luapula Province along the Congo Border and Lake Mweru and that the contract would be executed within 30 months from the date of signing.
He said the works consist of upgrading of the existing gravel road to bituminous standard, with variable shoulder widths and extensive cuts and fill in hilly terrain. This project which is part of the Link Zambia 8000 road project also includes construction of a 120 m long pre stressed bridge over the Kalungwishi River as well as 10 km of urban roads in Kaputa.

The scope of work for the project will include among other things:
1.    Bush clearing,
2.    Construction of selected road embankment layers,
3.    Construction of asphalt wearing course
4.    Road markings and traffic signs,
5.    Provision of guard rails and other ancillary works, and
6.    Construction of  drainage structures

Mr Chisala said the project had immense benefits to the country once completed. The road project he said would promote tourism activities in the Mweru Wantipa National Park, Nsumbu National Park and other outlying parks in Northern Province. The construction of the road would also enhance fishing and agricultural activities which are the main economic activities of people in those areas.

In addition, the completion of the road project will also result in increased trade and commercial activities in Northern Province and beyond and also create jobs opportunities for the people of Chienge and Kaputa during the construction period.

The Contractor is expected to mobilise and move to site within two months from the date of signing of this contract.

Andrew Chisala
Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer

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