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Lusaka roads project to enter phase-2 soon

HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
THE Road Development Agency (RDA) says it will soon begin the upgrading and expansion of various roads in Lusaka under the K241 million second phase of the L400 project.
Director of communications and corporate affairs Loyce Saili said the agency will expand the 7km stretch of Lumumba Road from four to six lanes and the 10km Airport Road to a dual carriageway.
Mrs Saili said RDA will also expand 10kms of Mungwi Road into a dual carriageway and part of the Great North Road up to Kabangwe.
“We are happy that we are almost coming to the completion of the L400 phase one project which is at 98 percent as only auxiliary works such as street lights and drainages are remaining,” Ms Saili said.
The project has been done at a cost of K348 million.
She said the agency is currently doing the planning and finalising of the designing and financing and that phase two is expected to begin by May this year.
“We will do 200kms of roads under the second project. We did 408 projects under the first phase which is almost complete and this is a clear testimony that we are here to deliver,” she said.
Ms Saili said this when she toured Lumumba and Mungwi roads where some parts have developed potholes or have been washed away.
RDA director of road maintenance William Mulusa said the agency will spend about K500,000 on patching potholes and unblocking drainages in the province.
Mr Mulusa said RDA will use a special type of stabilising cement so that the road is not adversely affected by rains.
He said the potholes on roads such as Lumumba and Mungwi roads are a result of old age.

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