THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a K3 million contract with Buildcon Investment for rehabilitation of the Chingola-Solwezi road.
RDA director and chief executive officer Kanyuka Mumba told a press briefing yesterday that the project will be executed within 18 months from the date of commencement.
“It should be noted that the Chingola-Solwezi road covers a total distance of 168 kilometres but has been divided into three lots or sections in order to expedite the execution of the project.
“Lot two, the middle of the section, covers 40 kilometres while lot three covers 68 kilometres up to Solwezi,” Mr Mumba said.
He said the contracts for lots one and three are awaiting clearance by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka’s office and will be signed once they have been cleared.
He is confident that Mr Kalaluka will clear the contracts within the next two weeks.
Mr Mumba said Government, through RDA, wants to improve the road link in order to provide an efficient transportation system to support copper mining and other economic activities.
“As we know, North-Western Province is home to large mining houses such as Kansanshi Mines Plc and Lumwana Mines.
“Once completed, the safety of motorists and other road users will be enhanced and travel time to and from Solwezi will be reduced,” he said.
Meanwhile, RDA has announced intentions to construct a dual carriageway between Chingola and Mutanda to cater for a forecasted increase in traffic on the road.
Mr Mumba said Government is looking into alternative financing and implementation models to ensure that the project is undertaken expeditiously.
And Buildcon Investment chief executive officer Moses Mubanga promised to do a good job to prove that local contractors are serious and can deliver within the scheduled time when awarded contracts.