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