Written by Davies Chanda Wednesday
06 July 2011 07:31

By Gideon Thole and Majie Sayila

Pontoon on the Kafue

THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has said the name of the successful bidder engaged to tar the 70 km Pedicle Road which connects the Copperbelt and Luapula provinces through the Democratic Republic of Congo will be announced before the end of this month.
And the designs on the 840-metre Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River, which is jointly owned by the Zambian and Botswana governments have been completed.
RDA head of public relations Loyce Saili said in an interview in Ndola that apart from announcing the name of the contractor who would be engaged to tar the gravel road from Mokambo in Mufulira up to Chembe Bridge in Luapula Province, the name of the firms which would be engaged to work on other Government-funded roads would also be named soon.
Ms Saili said the contractors engaged to work on the 67-km Kalulushi-Lufwanyama and the 25-km Sabina-Mufulira roads which are funded by the Government would also be announced.
“The tender process has already been done and before the end of this month the successful bidder for the road works will be announced in readiness for the commencement of the road works,” she said.
Ms Saili said the design for Mufachani Bridge which was expected to permanently replace the pontoon across the Kafue River in Kitwe has been successfully completed.
She said before the construction of the bridge commences, more than 300 households around the area earmarked for the construction site would be relocated.
She said under a planned resettlement programme, all the affected households would be offered alternative land and those who would lose property would be compensated.
Ms Saili said once completed Kazungula Bridge at the Zambia-Botswana border would have partitions for rail, road and pedestrian crossing.
A steering committee comprising technocrats representing Zambia and Botswana had been formed with the aim of spearheading the construction of the bridge.