THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has awarded a K1.1trillion (US$206,962,966.38) contract to China Henan International Corporation for the Mansa-Luwingu road design and construction.
Work on the 175-kilometre Mansa to Luwingu stretch in Luapula and Northern provinces would be executed with a 40-month period.
The contract was signed by RDA chief executive officer Bernard Chiwala and China Henan International representative Xu Chunhua in Lusaka yesterday.
China Henan was expected to commence work four months after yesterday's signing of the contract.
Mr Chiwala said he would also include construction of 30 kilometres of township roads in Mansa and Luwingu.
"The construction of the Mansa to Luwingu Road will provide the shortest route from Mansa to Kasama and provide a shorter link between Copperbelt and Luapula provinces," Mr Chiwala said.
Further, the work would include earthworks, construction of pavement layers, construction of asphalt concrete wearing course as well as the construction of double surface dressing wearing course for the township road works.
Others would be construction of drainage structures, installation of road signage and provision of road markings.
Ms Xu thanked RDA for the contract and assured that her company would carry out the work within the stipulated period.
She said the project once completed would add value to the Luapula and Northern provinces' economic viability as well as create job opportunities during the implementation phase.
"I want to thank RDA for awarding us the contract and I want to assure you that China Henan will carry out the works within the time-frame signed and ensure quality works are carried out," she said.