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Luangwa road repairs on tomorrow

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
THE Road Development Agency (RDA) says China Geo Engineering Construction Company (CGC), the contractor engaged to work on the damaged section of the 89km road leading to Luangwa district, off Great East Road, is today expected to move on site in preparation to start rehabilitation tomorrow.
About 300 metres of the road leading to Luangwa town was recently damaged as a result of natural earth movements, prompting authorities to close it for the safety of users.
The damage is attributed to heavy rains.
RDA director communications and corporate affairs Loyce Saili said in an interview yesterday that transportation of the road rehabilitation equipment started yesterday from Lusaka.
“The equipment for the contractor has started off and will be on site tomorrow [today] because they are moving at a slow pace and, as you might be aware, heavy-duty equipment is not allowed to move at night.”
Ms Saili has also said investigations into the cause of the damage are still ongoing and details will be given when the process is completed.
“Our immediate occupation is to provide an alternative [route] and other details will follow.  The rehabilitation process will take some time and we will engage Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to help with getting people across either with boats or other means,” she said.

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