Arcades roundabout will be closed for nine months to facilitate the construction of flyover bridge as part of a decongestion process under the construction and upgradation of roads and junctions in Lusaka.

The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has contracted India’s Afcons Infrastructure Limited to construct filter-roads and bridges in Lusaka to ease traffic congestion.

Under this contract, Afcons Infrastructure Limited is also expected to put up roads and bridges at Kafue roundabout, at Long Acres and at Kabwe roundabout.

In a notice circulated by the Director Department of Housing and Infrastructure under the Ministry of Local Government, works on the Arcades roundabout are expected to be undertaken from February 28, 2019 to December 31st, 2019.

During the construction works, Arcades roundabout is expected to be closed from April 9, 2019 to 31st January, 2020.

“The government of the Republic of Zambia, represented by the Ministry of Local Government (MLG), has awarded a contract to Afcons Infrastructure Ltd for construction and up-gradation of various roads and junctions in Lusaka. As part of the decongestion project, a flyover will be constructed at Arcades Roundabout. The construction work will begin from February 28, 2019 and estimated completion period will be December 31st, 2019. Afcons will take all necessary measures to control traffic in the area for smooth commute. However, you are advised to use alternative routes. We seek you kind cooperation during the construction period,” read the statement.

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    • @1.1 Nost,City,Town roads fall under respective City councils but due to the amount of works and loan money involved,the Ministry of Local Govt under which councils fall has taken charge from LCC.

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    • ….and what exactly is arcades roundabout. Am sure you’re referring to the katima mulilo and great east road roundabout.

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    • Another EXIM Bank funded project …all those drawings you see were done in India by Indian Engineers as they are funding this project what we are contributing is even three times less than the cost of Lazy Lungu’s jet he bought with cash. I a sure even the precast concrete pillars will be imported in eliminating Kafue Steel out of the equation and some moron will say he is disappointed with Zambian engineers.

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    • Mean time someone was trying to talk down our engineers when he is busy giving ALL engineering contracts to foreigners. I remember even corrupt RB gave road works to zambians. I remember the roads in chalala were done by a Zambian road construction company. But this guy…smh

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    • Thisbwill terribly worsen the already terrible congestion and traffic. If you use the Great East Road going and leaving work make sure you now wake up at 03hours for work.

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    • Article states that the Indians will construct filter roads ease traffic when there is a railway line that needs crossing

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  1. ALL MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS are being done by foreigners and I presume even the drawings and approved by the same foreign companies but acknowledged by ourselves. In the event failure we blame EIZl.

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    • Talking about construction. The government awarded here in Livingstone a company to build a tollgate. They took so much time and at the end we have this shelter which stands on four steel beams that are so close to the yellow lines. There’s no space at the centre of the road where to erect cubicals for the officers who will charging the motorists. Maybe the contract was given also to PF cadre construction company. One wonders so much resources are wasted without any pain when we have so many people suffering in this country.

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  2. @NADABWA, our local companies are a big disappointment once paid mobilization money they desert the site, a good a example are the roads in Ndola Pamodzi which was given to a local contractor. Nothing has been done for 2 years now. The roads in Hillcrest and Kanseshi were given to Chinese and they delivered the place looks heaven on earth.

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    • It’s a chance to buy Lexus, Jeep, mansions and a trip to the USA with the entire family. It’s the common occurrence among our people.

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    • That’s because you give cadres. I personally know a number of engineering firms that did road contracts under RB and Sata and they did a great professional job. But this man gives only cadres who fraudulently register companies for the sake of getting contracts and you expects them to perform? You cause the problem in order to use it as justification for your corrupt deals

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  3. Based on what Afcons have done across India, there is no doubt that they are a good and reliable construction Company. However, what i dont like are their huge black and white pavements they normally attached to their roads. They look awful! Saw lots of them in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. I hope they don’t do such paving here in Lusaka.

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  4. And that boy Sampa is talking about cutting on biscuits at meetings instead of announcing secure council operated car parks for people who work in town so LCC can raise revenue.

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  5. Gestation… can’t we find contractors who can plan viable, alternative routes and do a route plan for all traffic using this soon-to-be-closed access route. WTF..

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  6. Why not giving to our own zambians to do these projects am sure we have enough of engineers from UNZA…lets start with our own pepple.

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  7. The construction of flyover bridges is just one aspect. In South Africa, they have also built bypass roads. These roads avoid traffic into cities. It means, people from the south going to kabwe and copperbelt don’t need to go through Lusaka. After Kafue there should be a road branching off and pass on the Eastern side of Lusaka and join the copperbelt bound road before Chisamba. Likewise those going to Eastern province also should branch off after Kafue. Then join the great east road before Chongwe

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    • What you say is correct and I believe is planned if not already being implemented for Lusaka. The by-pass for South to North will be in Lusaka west not east as you suggest.

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    • Actually if we had bypass roads, maintenance of roads would be very easy and effective. Now what happens is that a road is being used while maintenance work is going on, on the same road. This in effect results in rushed jobs. One example is so called international road from Nkana West to Mindolo mine in Kitwe. The road is in a terrible state but lack of alternative is making its repairs next to impossible.

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  8. 9 months is too long,it took 3 days,(weekend) to construct and erect an over bridge in connecticut,on I 80.by Monday small cars were using the bridge and after a wk semi trucks started using it.

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    • And the over head bridge in Miami collapsed and killed some people. This not Connecticut.

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    • PLANZo
      Are you an engineer? Bufi…there is no engineer who can construct the flyover bridge of the scale and design planned for Arcades Round-About in 3 days…even if you used pre-cast modules you would still need a longer time. The foundations need time to set, the concrete to be used is bespoke, meaning it has to be formulated and tested specifically for the geology and traffic estimations. All that in 3 days??? Zambians! Even those living abroad are failing to learn from the wisdom of the developed West. Mwapangwa shani? yaba!

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    • Judge Mashipha, that’s why we shall not develop. …too much imagination and daydreaming. The guy thinks because is over there, he can feed us this rubbish. Last time I was in the USA, I saw people repairing roads just like we do here. There was nothing extra ordinary except there were no Chinese hovering around.

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  9. That’s good news.. lungu is changing the face of Lusaka. He is doing what was supposed to be done 30 years ago.. these are president we want. It will difficulty to decampign him . That is why opposition and haters they are stuck with just insults. To borrow for such development, I have no problem…chizakubaba

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  10. …… I hear that trib.als will boycott using these flyovers and bypasses and bridges as a means of sending a “message” to the guy they call “lazy Lungu”. For details contact Trib.al Gay Jay, but I can reveal that the “message” is actually empty.

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  11. Management of the Lusaka decongestion project is getting really sloppy. If AFCONS are having challenges, let them sub-contract to the likes of AVIC who build things literally over-night. The drainage and sewerage project was left incomplete and AVIC is rapidly completing it. These AFCONS are engineering in flux. Always starting new constructions and finishing none.

    Which alternative routes will be used since they have dug them up? Kamloops dug-up, Kaunda Square road dug up, Alick Nkhata being dug up. And so is Thabo Mbeki. Or for a change, is that they will work like AVIC tonight and finish these roads to be used as alternatives tomorrow? Dammn.

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