RDA pumps US$493 million into Copperbelt road project

THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a contract worth about Us$ 492, 510, 588 with China Hennan International Cooperation Group for the construction and rehabilitation of urban roads in the Copperbelt Province.

The project is expected to create employment for over 1000 Zambian youths.

RDA chief executive officer Kanyuka Mumba told a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the contract would see cover 406 kilometers of selected urban and township roads.

“This important project, which shall officially be called the Copperbelt 400 (C400), aims at improving the urban road network in all Copperbelt towns,” he said.

He said the project had been done in line with government’s drive to improving the road network in major towns and cities across the country.

“The project will be undertaken in the Copperbelt province in all districts including Kalulushi, Chambishi, Kitwe, Chingola, Mufulira, Ndola, Luanshya and Chililabombwe,” Mr Mumba said.

He said once completed, the improved road network would ease the movement of goods and services, improve intra-city and intercity connectivity, lower congestion, lower vehicle operating costs and repairs, and enhance business while reducing the cost of doing business.

Mr Mumba further warned that RDA would not accept sub-standard work and would not hesitate to take punitive measures where under-performance would be recorded.

Mr Mumba explained that the scope of works on the C400 project would include designing and construction of approximately 406 kilometers of urban roads, complete to bituminous standards, junction design and the construction of bicycle lanes and walkways.

On the ongoing L400 involving Lusaka roads, Mr. Mumba said the project was progressing well with approximately 40 percent of the works done.

And China Henna international cooperation group Zambia branch managing director Xu Chunhua said over 1000 Zambians would be employed when the project starts.

Mr Xu said the company would ensure that it guaranteed quality and works were done within the specified time.