Sinda-Petauke road works start

CONSTRUCTION works on the 15 kilometres Sinda-Petauke stretch on the Great East Road have started.
RDA regional manager Thomas Zimba said the engineer, Condril, moved on the site on February 9, 2017, and works will be completed next month.
Mr Zimba said works on the 15 kilometre stretch was delayed due to variations on the contract sum.
“I can confirm that works on the 15 kilometre Sinda-Petauke stretch which stalled for some time have resumed, and will be completed next month” Zimba said.
He said after the variations, additional works of rehabilitating Nyimba Bridge, and two culverts in Nyimba, were included on the contract.
Mr Zimba said works on the Nyimba Bridge, and two culverts, will be completed in August this year.
He said the 360 kilometres road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Boarder will be handed over to Government in October this year.
He said currently, complete road works from Nyimba to Mwami Boarder are on defect notification period to observe whether or not the road will develop any defects, before the contractor hands it over to Government.
Mr Zimba described the completed works on the Great East Road as of good quality.
He said the newly-constructed Great East Road has a life span of 20 years.
Mr Zimba appealed to road users on Umodzi Highway to avoid vandalising curb stones mounted in the central business district as they are meant to protect road users, and reduce on road accidents.
Government, in 2013, engaged  two contractors, Condril Engenharia, and Mota Engil, to improve the connection of Zambia via Eastern Province to the Nacala Corridor which is a regional transport corridor linking Zambia and Malawi to the deep water port of Nacala in Mozambique.
The two-year-road project is co-financed by the European Union (EU) through the European Development Fund (EDF), and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Agency for Development (AFD), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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