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ZRST urges authorities to recognize that ALICK NKHATA Flyover Is Unsafe

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Zambia’s leading road safety NGO, the Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST), says safety should be our top priority and if need be, the government should demolish the Alick Nkhata bridge to save lives.

The Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) has called for the total demolition of the Alick Nkhata Bridge in Lusaka. EIZ Registrar and Chief Executive officer Linus Chanda says following a review undertaken of the structure by the institute, it was concluded that the space, where the flyover bridge is being constructed, is not sufficient to meet a well-designed flyover bridge.

ZRST is concerned about a very remote possibility that Alick Nkhata Flyover Bridge can be a catastrophe following EIA warning.

Chairman for the ZRST, Mr. Daniel Mwamba said:

“Not only does the high structure carry heavy traffic, but a road and pedestrians pass underneath. If the bridge collapsed it would do so without any warning whatsoever – and would be more likely to do so when traffic was there, because of the weight. There is also the danger of things going on beneath the flyover. You would expect fatalities.”

In the meantime, ZRST urges drivers to avoid the area, if they can or allow more time for their journeys.

Having a flyover bridge has many benefits. Important of these is the fact that it lessens congestion and makes it easier for pedestrians to cross a particular road safely and with ease. Therefore, the ZRST welcomes the construction of flyover bridges, but this should not lead to any loss of innocent life. If we are designing one, one of the principal things we need to keep in mind is how safe it will be

20 COMMENTS

  1. Usability and aesthetics are all wrong. The engineers and architects sabotaged us as a nation. Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda or Dr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa would not have allowed this crime to have been committed against our economy.

    Something significant must be done forthwith.

  2. Fuseke. As if your fathers there in diaspora who fund your silly NGO can manage to build such a marvellous structure. If you think it is not safe then don’t use it. No one is forcing anyone to use a road.

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  3. Kaizar Zulu 
    December 22, 2020 At 6:48 pm

    “.Fuseke. As if your fathers there in diaspora who fund your silly NGO can manage to build such a marvellous structure. If you think it is not safe then don’t use it. No one is forcing anyone to use a road..”

    You must have chewed corruption money to accept such a bridge….

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  4. These KZ and lusambos are the same ones pointing at substandard buildings and building over reserve forests ……not realising that rains need a runoff….

    Now look , Lusaka is flooded with water haveing no where to go ……

    Fooooools

  5. Useless EIZ, instead of focusing on finding an engineering solution to the terrible flooding in Lusaka they are busy issuing statements on a speed hump whose use is optional

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  6. When ka Eddie Chomba condemned the bridge, Dr Charles Banda was very upset and told him to shut up. Now other parties are saying the same. Isn’t Charles Banda ashamed? This is the Minister that authorized the transfer of black lechwe to private ranches without any proof of payment. There’s something wrong with him

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  7. Flooding in Lusaka, Is it a new problem? NO! Year after year the problem reoccurs in rainy season. Are we serious as Zambians to deal with this proble?
    Don’t waste time and resources to ask HH over what happened 30 yrs ago as if he was incharge of privatisation.
    DEAL WITH FLOODING IN LUSAKA MWEBENA ZAMBIA.MWABANZI NYOBANTU!
    With that water everywhere ,Cholera is just around the corner.

  8. And ask how much that flyover cost the tax payers. And how much went into minister accounts.

    Why did government not ask the EIZ to inspect the designs of this bridge first?

    Lungu’s wisdom is very strange. He must think he is a genius, just like Trump.

  9. Bridges collapse everywhere and anywhere in the world. In London, the millenium bridge used to make people giddy. Some bridges have collapsed because of natural events that were not thought about in the design. The difference however, is that here we have a bridge that is deemed unsafe BEFORE a catastrophe happens, but we have people saying that it is ok. That is what distinguishes proper countries from banana republics.

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  10. Akaps the water does not need a runoff. The water needs to flow or sip into the ground. It’s the surface run off that causes the flooding. Which school did you attend iwe chlcolour chawls0. What rubbish are they teaching you there abroad.?

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  11. This is the infrastructure development Lazzy Lungu speaks of $2 million of pensions down the drain and they have pocketed all the funds and left this hideous bridge. They have cut down trees…they cheated us in a $260 million flyover bridge only to another laughable contraption.

  12. Kaizar Zulu 

    You are very thick , nowoynder Zambia is doomed with pipo like you advising ka lungu……

    Ati it dosent need run off ????

    Why do you think that bombay drainage was built in the first place ??

    Dome cities are all covered in tarmac and roads with ground exposed only in parks…

    Chinyo chanyko…..

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  13. You dull rock akaps where does the water and up? It will eventually need to go somewhere I.e. in the ground or water body. So how does the water run off prevent flooding? The flooded water can be classed as run off, which has no where to go due to the large amount of water or saturation. Uli imbwa iwe. Instead of run off your probably meant water way or canals. You daft chule.

  14. You dull rock akaps where does the water and up? It will eventually need to go somewhere I.e. in the ground or water body. So how does the water run off prevent flooding? The flooded water can be classed as run off, which has no where to go due to the large amount of water or saturation. You azzhoIe iwe. Instead of run off your probably meant water way or canals. You daft chule.

  15. Iwe ka Kaizar Zulu, just go and drink chibuku with your friend ka lazzy Lungu. You dunderheads. How did you criminals end in political offices? We need to lock you up next year. Grade 7 failure iwe.

  16. When politicians run wild this is the result. Meantime ndalama anadya a mambala! They will spend more for demolitions and rebuilding and chew even more. Koma a mambala awa zoona bati!? Anyway Merry Xmas ma Zedians!

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