MAJOR township road rehabilitation in Kitwe and Ndola will start at the end of this month after two consultancy firms were awarded contracts to commence implementing the projects.
Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge said work was expected to take between 12 and 18 months on the Ndola roads which will gobble K69 billion while the Kitwe roads would cost K118 billion.
Mr Musenge said in an interview that the contracts for the projects were under the Local Government and Housing Ministry and were signed last week in Lusaka.
On the Ndola projects, Bicon Consulting Limited was awarded the tender to work on the 20.91 kilometres of roads that would be tarred to bitumus standards while Ngandu Engineering Consultants would supervise and engage the contractor to work on 20 kilometres of township roads in Kitwe.
In Kitwe, roads that would be done include 1.6 km on Dury-Lumumba and Chandamali roads in Parklands, Emmanuel Malemena Road in Riverside, Lufunsa, Nachibungulubwe and Chimwemwe Clinic roads in Chimwemwe.
"Other roads in Kitwe include Chishimba, Kaunda Square, Kalondeteka, Kawama and Government roads all in Chimwemwe Township. Six km of the Ndeke road will be done and that would decongest the Ndola-Kitwe road," he said.
Mr Musenge said in Ndola, Ndeke North Boundary Road in Ndeke Township would be worked on including Mwasumina and Chikola Crescent in Itawa area.
In Kabushi, Chilubi and Kaloko roads in Kabushi Township would be worked on as well as Dola Hill and Masala roads.
"In Chifubu constituency the roads that will be worked on include, Nyerere/Kanu and Chilyamitondo both in Pamodzi Township and Luapula Road in Kawama while In Ndola Central, Ndibu, Mitengo, Mwatakazembe roads in Kansenshi and Fitente, Chinika/Shinde in Northrise," he said.
He said it was evident that the Government was serious about fulfilling its campaign promises of addressing challenges facing Zambians.
The minister said there was need for people to assume ownership of the projects even after they were completed so that the infrastructure could continue to add value to national development.