Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela has explained that the announced $1.2 million dollars total cost of the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway will also include among other things, the construction of bypass roads from Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi as well as toll plazas.
Chitotela said the project will also include the construction of weigh-bridges and three service stations along the dual carriageway.
He further explained that the project will further include rehabilitating the existing High Way which will run alongside the one to be constructed.
“The contract entails the construction of about 800km conventional road in total. The Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriage way road project covers a distance of approximately 321 km of road from Lusaka to Ndola passing through Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi. The project also includes a 45 km stretch of road from Kafulafuta to Masangano road. The contract sum for the project is US$ 1,245, 775, 986, 98,” Chitotela said.
He further said the project would also include the construction of a bridge across the Mulungushi river.
“The scope of works for the project will include among others, (a) construction of a new carriageway from Lusaka to Ndola, alongside the existing one; rehabilitation of the existing carriageway; construction of a bridge across the Mulungushi River; and construction of bypass roads of the Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi Central Business District (CBD),” Chitotela said.
“Further, the project will include the construction of Toll Plaza and Weigh-bridge infrastructure; construction of three service stations along the project road; upgrading of the 45km Kafulafuta to Masangano road to dual carriageway; construction of about 20km bypass road in Kabwe, construction of about 20km bypass road in Kapiri Mposhi; and the shifting of services lines such as Zesco.”
The minister said the project would be completed in 48 months.