GOVT KEEN TO ROLL OUT ACROW BRIDGES- MWALE

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RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape (third from right) talking to Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale when he toured the Mumbwa workshop. Next to the minister is Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale says the Government is eager to install the 131 Acrow Bridges across the country to help support growth especially in the rural areas.
Hon. Mwale said the 131 Bridges which were acquired at a cost of over US$73 million would be very useful in flood prone areas where wash aways were prevalent at crossing points.
“We can’t wait as Government to have them installed especially in areas where we are experiencing heavy rains. We want our people to become more productive and transport their farming inputs,” he said when he toured the Road Development Agency (RDA) Mumbwa road workshop where the Bridge components have been secured.
He said he had a meeting with officials from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice President to identify areas that needed urgent attention.

(From left to right) Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale, RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape, Director Planning and Design Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu and Senior Manager Bridges Eng. Stephen Sondashi

 

The Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) has acquired 131 prefabricated modular arrow 700XS steel panel Bridges from Acrow Corporation of America at a total cost of US$73, 776,849.
The Acrow Bridge project has been planned to be implemented in seven provinces which include Northern, Muchinga, Lusaka, North- Western, Luapula, Eastern and Central.
Following a number of washed-away Bridges, the Government entered into a contract with Acrow Corporation of America for the arrangement of financing, design, fabrication and delivery of the Bridges.
Hon. Mwale however, observed that there was need for Zambian firms to look at possibilities of investing in the manufacturing of Bridge components.
He said Zambia needed more Bridges which required to be constructed at various points, hence this provided an opportunity for local manufacturers to tap into the sector.
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape said the Agency was looking at possibilities to see how the local manufacturers could be engaged.
Eng. Mwape said local contractors would install the Bridges and that Acrow Corporation of America would provide training as part of the agreement.