THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has awarded a KR562 million contract to Sino Hydro Zambia Limited for the construction of 45.5 km of the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway.
RDA director Bernard Chiwala said yesterday that Government was also in the process of awarding a contract for the design of the Lusaka-Kapiri dual carriageway.
Mr Chiwala was speaking during the signing ceremony of the Kitwe-Chingola dual
carriageway contract in Lusaka yesterday.
He said the contract would be undertaken within 24 months from the date of the contract execution and that the contractor was expected to mobilise equipment within 60 days from yesterday.
The scope of the work would include construction of a new south bound road on the eastern side of the existing stretch using cement stabilised sub base, crushed stone base and asphalt concrete overlay as wearing course.
Other works would include construction of new junctions, kerbed median and new drainage structures, construction of a new bridge over Mwambashi River 12.5 km
from Kitwe and reconstruction of the existing road link.
The rest would be the construction of the north bound lane using asphalt concrete wearing course, as well as widening of shoulders, kerbing junctions and provision of road furniture.
"The Kitwe-Chingola Road is a vital road link that forms part of the regional trunk road network and is an important link on the North-South Corridor. The route carries a lot of international traffic and links the Copperbelt and North-Western Zambia to the rest of the country and beyond Zambia's border," Mr Chiwala said.
On the Lusaka-Kapiri dual carriageway, Mr Chiwala said the project followed the evaluation of tenders and that the project was the first phase of the entire road link from Lusaka to Ndola.
He said the design for the second phase of the Kapiri Mposhi to Ndola dual carriageway would be awarded by August 31, 2013.
Sino Hydro Zambia Limited chief executive officer Liu Benjiang thanked Government for having confidence in his firm and pledged to offer a high quality product through best management and techniques.