Solwezi, Chingola Roads to Get Facelift

THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has awarded two contracts for the periodic maintenance of 151.8 kilometres of the Solwezi-Mwinilunga road and rehabilitation of a stretch of 23.35 kilometres of urban roads in Chingola at a cost of over K228 million.
The contracts have been awarded to Asphalt Worx Limited and Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited.
Speaking at a signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, RDA chief executive officer Bernard Chiwala said Asphalt Worx Limited has been mandated to complete the rehabilitation of selected roads in Chingola following the termination of the contract awarded to Mivami.
Mr Chiwala said Asphalt will complete all outstanding works, which include construction of pavement layers, drainage structures, asphalt pavement works, provision of road markings and signage.
He said the works will be completed within eight months at a cost of K68,154,655.57, adding that 15 selected roads have been earmarked for rehabilitation under the project.
Mr Chiwala said in addition, RDA will rehabilitate an additional 15 kilometres of selected urban roads in Chingola.
He said the contract will be executed by Sino Hydro, the contractor currently working on the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway and that the company has already moved on site.
He also said RDA has awarded a contract for the periodic maintenance of 151.8 kilometres of the Solwezi-Mwinilunga road in North-Western Province to Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited at a sum of K159,985,158.37.
“RDA is confident the improvement of these important road links will ease the movement of people living in those areas as well as facilitate trade and commerce,” he said.
And RDA board chairperson Willie Nsanda warned that the agency will not hesitate to terminate contracts if the two contractors engage in poor workmanship.
“We are very concerned about some contractors doing shoddy works on our roads and we will not hesitate to terminate contracts once a contractor is found wanting.
Meanwhile, Inyatsi general manager Adrian De Koning and Asphalt Worx Limited chief executive officer Dave Brown thanked RDA for awarding them the contracts.
And Chingola member of Parliament Joseph Katema, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, urged the contractor awarded to work on the Chingola urban roads to work hard and ensure there is good workmanship.
“Please ensure that works are completed on time. Don’t fail the people of Chingola by doing shoddy works,” Dr Katema said.