PLANS AT ADVANCED STAGE TO BUILD BRIDGE TO LINK ZAMBIAN DISTRICT SPLIT BY THE ZAMBEZI

LUSAKA– Preliminary works are underway to build a multi-million-dollar bridge to link two halves of Zambezi district in Zambia’s North West Province — Zambezi West to Zambezi East — which are split by the Zambezi River, says Road Development Agency (RDA) Chairman Samuel Mukupa.

He told ZNBC News in a recent interview in Zambezi district that a consultant engaged by government to do feasibility studies for the bridge had submitted its preliminary findings. Mukupa said government was prioritising construction of the bridge across the Zambezi River in order to boost trade between the two areas.

The consultant has so far identified three possible sites where the bridge can be constructed and engineers from the RDA will do the costings for the bridge which will be followed by a public tender to choose a contractor to build the bridge.

Meanwhile, Zambezi District Commissioner Lawrence Kayumba says authorities have banned the pontoon from ferrying motor vehicles from Zambezi East to Zambezi West because of the current high water levels.

Kayumba said the lack of a bridge across the fast-flowing river has hampered development in Zambezi West as construction materials are no longer being ferried there until June when water levels subside.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK