Road construction works in Kitwe district have been suspended because of the onset of the rain season, Kitwe City Council (KCC) Public Relations Manager Roy Kuseka has disclosed.
ZANIS reports that the contractor engaged by government to work on the 56 kilometres (km) stretch has withdrawn labour and machinery from the site.
Speaking in an interview, Mr. Kuseka said out of the total 56 kilometre contract awarded, only 11 km is remaining for the projected to be completed.
Mr. Kuseka said the contractor is expected to recommence works in April 2019.
He named the roads that have been worked on in the district as Garneton, Kawama, Kwacha, Kazembe, Oxford/Nyerere and Bangweulu.
Mr. Kuseka stated that the scope of works include walkways, drainages, street lights of 20 km coverage and traffic lights.
He said the contractor will only undertake installation of road signage, speed humps and zebra crossings upon completion of construction works.
Meanwhile, Kitwe City Council has procured bitumen and a compactor at a total cost of K200, 000.
Mr. Kuseka said this is to enable the council to continue on its routine roads maintenance in the district.
He added that the council has prioritized maintenance of drainages because they are a life support to the roads.