Road Development Agency (RDA) Lusaka Province regional manager Joseph Mwiinga disclosed that works on the 24.5 km road from the escarpment section to Chirundu border have advanced with physical progress standing at 50 percent.
Mr Mwiinga stated that the works would include approximately 2 km of the trans frontier works across the border into Zimbabwe.
He explained that the works by the Chinese construction conglomerate had accelerated with clearing and grubbing completed for the entire stretch, while 14.1 km of the diversion has been constructed.
Mr Mwiinga said the project was funded by the Africa Development Bank (ADB) and that 22.1 km of the road had already been widened.
“Rehabilitation works on the Lusaka to Chirundu road Link 4 being constructed by CHICO have reached an advanced stage. The project is funded by the ADB at a total cost of US $23.4 million. Works on the 24.5 km road from the escarpment section to Chirundu border are progressing at 50 percent. They will include approximately 2 km of the trans frontier works across the border into Zimbabwe,” he said.
Mr Mwiinga said culvert extensions had been covered on a 15.5 km section and that over 10 km of paving had been done.
The project was intended to improve comfort of driving as well as safety by widening of the carriageway.
Mr Mwiinga said works included clearing and grubbing, road bed formation, sub grade, crushed stone base and asphalt wearing course.
He also said that others were lining of drainage, culvert extension as well as road markings, adding that the improvement of the road would enhance trade between Zambia and neighbouring countries.
“The project is being supervised by the Swedish Consultants (SWECO) in association with BICON Zambia Limited and the contract is expected to be completed by February 2017. The improvement of the road will enhance trade between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the entire COMESA and SADC regions,” he said.