THE Government has signed two contracts valued at KR187 million (K187.6 billion) for the reconstruction and upgrading of 40.9 kilometres of selected urban roads in Ndola and Kitwe on the Copperbelt.
The roads under rehabilitation are part of the Link Zambia-8,000 road project launched by President Michael Sata last year.
Local Government Permanent Secretary Bernard Namachila announced the signing of the contracts with N'gandu Consulting Limited and Bicon Zambia Limited in a statement yesterday.
Mr Namachila said the two contractors were expected to start work within 28 days of signing the contracts.
The work would include designing and constructing of drainage systems and concrete slabs on household access roads and road junctions.
Ng'andu Consulting Limited would carry out designs and construction of 12 selected urban roads in Kitwe at a cost of KR118, 292, 961 (K118.3billion).
The consulting firm has since engaged China Geo-Engineering Corporation as contractor and the total scope of the 12 roads is 20 kilometres. The roads will be upgraded to bituminous standard.
The contract with Bicon Zambia Limited would involve designing and constructing of another 12 selected urban roads in Ndola at a cost of KR69.3million (KR69.3billion).
Bicon engaged Jizan Construction Limited and Copperfield Mining Service as main contractors.
Crocodile Construction Limited and Continental Road Limited had been engaged as sub-contractors for the rehabilitation and upgrading of 12 roads with a total length of 20.9kilometers.
Mr Namachila said the two contracts were signed under an integrated construction unit form of contract to carry out the work in conjunction with the contractors.
"The consultants have the overall and primary responsibility for all works and are specifically required to undertake road work designs to the required and approved engineering standard and to also closely supervise the contractors to ensure that they adhere to the engineering designs and specifications," Mr Namachila said.
He said Government had decided to work on the urban roads in the two cities because they had deteriorated to unacceptable standards while in some cases the road designs required upgrading to meet modern standards.