The Lusaka -Chirundu Road has been damaged on the Kapilingozi stretch, about 100 Kilometres from Lusaka.
Rain water from nearby mountains and rockfalls have contributed to the damage to the road.
The incident follows recent repairs by China Heinan which was recently contracted to reconstruct the stretch of the road at Kapilingozi to improve safety. Motorists have blamed the damage on poor workmanship by the Chinese company.
Road Development Agency, RDA, Head of Public Relations, Loyce Saili, says the damage is serious.
Ms. Saili told ZNBC news that as a result of the damage heavy trucks on both sides of the road are marooned.
She said RDA engineers have been dispatched to assess the extent of the damage.
The road is the lifeline for movement of goods between Zambia and its neighbours to the south.The RDA said that a portion of the Chirundu Highway has been cut off and there was currently no movement of traffic going to either side of the Zambian border with Zimbabwe.
The Chirundu border post, which is one of landlocked
Zambia’s busiest entry points, leads into neighbouring
Zimbabwe and further on to countries such as South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
Zambia receives the bulk of her imports through Chirundu and also exports a significant portion of goods through the same border post.
However, heavy rains over the last few weeks have completely washed away a portion of the road — cutting off traffic to and from Chirundu.