CENTRAL Province Minister Sydney Mushanga says the construction of a dual carriageway between Lusaka and Ndola is long overdue.
Mr Mushanga, however, says it is encouraging that the project will soon start and this will greatly help in reducing road traffic accidents between Lusaka and Ndola.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela announced recently that the dual carriageway project would commence soon after the Attorney General clears the contract for construction works.
“For us as Central Province, the construction of a dual carriageway between Lusaka and Ndola is long overdue because traffic on the Great North Road has increased and there have been a lot of accidents on this road,” Mr Mushanga said.
He said in an interview on Saturday that Central Province is a transit region within Zambia and to neighbouring countries.
Mr Mushanga said the Great North Road and the stretch between Kapiri Mposhi and Ndola handle a huge volume of traffic, one of the factors that have contributed to loss of lives and property in road traffic accidents.
“The road is very busy and Central Province is the major route to Congo DR, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania. So, the construction of the dual carriageway will help ease the flow of traffic and many lives will be saved,” he said.
Mr Mushanga said the dual carriageway will also significantly contribute to improving Zambia’s economy and that of the region as a whole.
The dual carriageway will also come with the construction of a transit hotel, service station between Lusaka and Kabwe, and a mini city will be established between Kapiri Mposhi and Ndola.
The project will also include construction of by-pass roads in Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi.