Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a US$492.5 million contract with China Henan to construct and rehabilitate 406km of urban roads on the Copper belt.
RDA Managing Director Kanyika Mumba disclosed this at a media briefing in Lusaka today.Mr Mumba said the project dubbed Copper belt C400 will see the reconstruction and upgrading to bituminous standard urban roads in Luanshya, Kalulushi, Chambishi, Kitwe, Chingola, Mufulira, Ndola and Chililabombwe.
He said RDA will conclude financing arrangements from China within six months after the signing of the contract.
Mr Mumba further stated that the scope of works will include the design, construction and completion of urban roads to bituminous standard, junction design, and construction of walkways, drainage, street lighting and relocation of services and also resettling action plan for affected areas.
He said once completed, the improved road network will ease the movement of people, goods and services and improve intercity connectivity, lower congestion and the cost of doing business.
Mr Mumba however urged the construction company to ensure that it complies with the specification of the contract and desist from sub -standard works.
He expressed happiness with the progress on the L 400 road project in Lusaka which has reached 40 %.Government has since 2011 embarked on improving the road network across the country.