By Staff Reporter
Government is this month expected to flag off the construction of the D145 Road that leads to Luangwa District of Lusaka Province. The approximately 85 KM Road stretches from the Great East road to the Luangwa Boma near the harbor. The Road works are part of the Link Zambia 8000 Project. The Link Zambia 8000 Project is one large infrastructure development programme that would result in the construction of about 2,290 kilometers of roads at an estimated cost of K7.9 trillion in the first phase. The second phase would cover 3,049km of road network at an estimated cost of K11.25 trillion while the third phase would involve upgrading 2, 862km of road network with an estimated cost of K9 trillion.The launch of the project would signal the beginning of the revolution to modernize Zambia and subsequently convert it into a complete land-linked country.
All projects under the Link Zambia 8000 programme are expected to be carried out over a five-year period.The road would also go over Chongwe River and connect Feira through to Luangwa Bridge.
On the other side, the road would provide a link to Kasisi, Chipembi, Chalimbana and Palabana, among other areas. According to the link Zambia 8000 Project website Mr Ben Chiwala Director and CEO of Road Development Agency said he is happy with the progress made by the contractor, China Geo, on the 110-kilometre Kasama-Mungwi-Mbesuma Road project. Mr. Chiwala said RDA will consider allowing the contractor to also work on the Mbesuma Bridge and the 58-kilometre stretch to Isoka since it is already on that site. He also expressed delight that Sable Contractors have made tremendous progress on the Kasama-Mporokoso road. Mr .Chiwala said the strong supervision mechanism RDA has instituted is bearing fruit. He is happy that Sable has managed to tar over 24 kilometres on the 161-kilometre stretch over the last one month. Mr .Chiwala, however, said RDA is worried about the slow pace at which the contractor on the 171-kilometre Mbala-Nakonde road is working. He said this is the road in the province being done at the slowest pace.