Government is happy that 85 percent works of the 175 kilometer Mansa-Luwingu road has been done.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Chishimba Kambwili who visited the project site recently said it is exciting Copperbelt and Kasama are now connected through the Mansa-Luwingu road.
Mr. Kambwili has advised Zambians going to Kasama to consider using the Mansa-Luwingu road through the Pedicle road as it is shorter and cheaper.
He says the PF government’s target is to reduce the cost of transportation as a means of attracting development and opening up markets in rural areas.
The Minister has since thanked President Edgar Lungu for showing leadership in completing road projects started by late President Michael Sata as many did not believe that the Mansa-Luwingu road would be tarred as part of the Link Zambia 8000 road project.
And BARI Zambia the Project Supervising Consultants for China Henan International Corporation, the contractor working on the road, says 166 kilometers of the road has been tarred and only 9 Kilometres is remaining.
BARI Zambia Acting Resident Engineer Vera Hara says works for the 242-million dollar project will resume in March because of the rains and is expected to finish by August despite the contract running up to 2017.
Meanwhile Luwingu District Commissioner Patrick Chanda has appealed to the Road Development Agency -RDA- to consider taking portable weigh bridges on the road because there has been a rise in foreign truckers using the road.
And Government says it is considering financing options for the roads sector because there is pressure on the national treasury.
Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Charles Sipanje says Government will now consider Public Private Partnerships- PPPs and contractor financed projects.
Speaking when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances in Lusaka, Mr. Sipanje says Government will further accelerate the construction of Toll Gates in order to generate local revenue to finance road projects.
He says the economic challenges resulting from a fall in copper prices and strengthening of the US Dollar has affected the flow of resources from the Ministry of Finance.
He has however, assured the Parliamentary Committee that Government is working hard to complete the road projects.
And Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances Chairperson Ambros Lufuma has urged the Ministry to work hard as the road projects are meant to better the lives of the Zambians.