Lusaka roads in US$23.5 Million facelift

By Nation Reporter

THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has embarked on the routine road maintenance and street lighting installation project throughout the city under the L400 and performance contracts respectively.

Meanwhile, the council has engaged Sunspot Insurance Brokers to assist replace the vandalized street light poles through insurance claims of vehicles that damage the poles and would like to urge the public to report to police whenever they see a motorist bash a poles by simply noting the vehicle registration number.

‘‘The council has noted with concern that most street lights are being knocked down by careless motorists especially over weekends,’’ Lusaka town clerk, Alex Mwansa, said in an interview.

He said the road maintenance and street lighting installation project was intended to improve the status of roads in the city to make them better and safer for all road users.

The town clerk said AVIC International of China was awarded a contract by the Government to construct roads and install street lights in Lusaka and the project was supervised by LCC and the Road Development Agency (RDA).

Mr. Mwansa said street light installations were carried out on major roads in the city such as the Great East, Chilimbulu and Burma roads receiving a facelift and later on Independence Avenue.

“Some roads such as Addis Ababa Drive, Church Road and Great East Road have already started receiving a facelift to enhance the safety of our road users. This is expected to continue on all the roads in the Central Business District (CBD) including the pedestrian or zebra crossings,” Mr. Mwansa.

He added that AVIC in partnership with LCC and RDA were expected to light up 150 km stretch of the 408 km of roads at an estimated cost of US$23,550,000.

And in trying to stave off the continued power outage by ZESCO, the council and RDA have embarked on putting up street light poles which are solar powered on 40km of the 150km stretch.

This is in an effort to improve lighting and security in the city even with the current power deficit. LCC has since installed conventional street lights along Manchinchi, Dr. Aggrey and Blue Boar roads through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and internal support.

And the local authority was working on modalities to protect infrastructure which was being constructed.

Mr. Mwansa explained that the local authority was carrying out road markings on major roads and patching pothole in some selected roads in the city. This is being done through funding from the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA).