The 95km launch Lilongwe- Kasiya-Santhe road in Zambia is scheduled to be launched by the President Peter Mutharika in April this year. Chief Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara announced the reports.
The 95km road project starts from the m12 (Lilongwe to Mchinji) road passing through Nsaru-Kabudula and Kwanyanda Trading centers. Under the contract of Portuguese Conglomerate Mota-Engil, the development took four years which was within its delivery window.
Project works involved upgrading of existing earth road to class 1 bitumen standard, widening of the road to a 6.8m carriageway with 1.5m single sealed shoulders on either side of the road, construction of a four span bridge across the Bua river and five box culverts on other river crossings.
The road provides alternative access route to Kasungu district and beyond to those from Central and Southern part of Malawi by connecting with the M18. It further provides an alternative route into the Northern corridor via the Lilongwe West Bypass thereby decongesting the M1 road that runs from Lilongwe to Kasungu.
National Roads Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Matapa said the project will deliberately include the overhead bridge following construction recommendations to reduce accidents between locomotives and vehicles.
The Chief Secretary said the project connects areas that are high in agricultural activities which will give easy mobility of people and goods.
“The road gives easy access to markets for agricultural produce.By providing easy mobility and accessibility the road will also enhance economic activities to the areas around and beyond,” said Lloyd Muhara.