Zambia: Sesheke-Senanga Road Works Progress

WORK on the more than 200 kilometre Sesheke-Senanga Road in Western Province has reached an advanced stage, with some contractors recording about 90 per cent progress.

Road Development Agency (RDA) head of public relations Loyce Saili who led journalists and other officials from the agency on Wednesday said her organisation engaged four contractors to upgrade the stretch.

The road would be upgraded from an earth state to a bituminous standard and the contractors would construct the Sioma Bridge across the Zambezi River.

China Jiangxi Corporation, China Geo Engineering Corporation, China Henan International Corporation and China New Era are working on three Lots of the road.

Lot one is an 85-kilometre stretch while Lot two is 70 kilometres long and with Lot three stretching a distance of 66 kilometres.

RDA engaged China New Era to work on Lot one at a revised sum of K383 billion, China Jiangxi Corporation for Lot two also at a revised cost of slightly more than K300 billion while China Geo Engineering Corporation is working on Lot three worth K266.2 billion.

China Henan was chosen to design and construct the Sioma Bridge at a cost of K80 billion.

Lot one project consultant Andre Smit from UWP Consulting said China New Era had completed 98 per cent of the work and that it was expected to handover the road by January or February next year.

Mr Smit attributed the success scored thus far to team work, good planning and quality management system on site.

Lot two and three consultants from E.G Pettit and Partners supervising consultant Chamunda Sichilongo said the Lot two project was behind schedule by about three months.

This is because of the change in the scope of works thereby asking for an extension and increase in the contract sum.

Mr Sichilongo cited the increase of the contract sum to the quantity of earth works, scarcity of construction materials and increase in the distance of hauling of materials.

"We are scheduled to complete on 14th of January, 2013, but we anticipate that full completion will only be achieved by about April, 2013," he said.

China Jiangxi Corporation assistant manager Hu Xiang said about 78 per cent of the works had been done and was optimistic that the whole project would be completed by April, next year.

On Lot three, Mr Sichilongo put the completion level at 98 per cent and that the contract sum was increased for similar reasons as those of Lot two.

For the Sioma Bridge, China Henan International Corporation had been awarded to design and construct the structure at a cost of K80 billion.

The design stage is expected to be completed in January, 2013 while construction would start in April of the same year.

The construction process would take two years.

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