Lusaka de­con­ges­tion project takes off

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE Lusaka De­con­ges­tion Project (LDP) which has com­menced on the Ka­fue road at Mak­eni will help re­duce traf­fic, time travel and travel dis­tances. Work­ers found drilling on the Great North Road near Cos­mopoli­tan Mall, said the project was ex­ten­sive and would take more than a year to com­plete. Ac­cord­ing to the work­ers, the road project is co-fi­nanced by Gov­ern­ment at 15 per­cent and Exxim Bank of In­dia at 85 per­cent and is aimed at re­design­ing the ma­jor road net­works for Lusaka city with a view to re­duc­ing traf­fic and save fuel is sched­uled to take 36 months to com­ple­tion. This is a dream that is be­ing re­alised this year hav­ing been con­ceived in 2008 when the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, through the Lusaka City Coun­cil and the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency re-planned the road net­work. The to­tal road works are 120.7 km with ded­i­cated bus lanes on the mid­dle of the road. Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing of 91.4 km of ring road would in­clude a new outer ring road from Ka­fue Road (Mak­eni) to new Mumbwa Road. It will fur­ther stretch to Lusaka West and join the Great North Road (Kabwe road) on Chikumbi road. There will be four Grade sep­a­ra­tors or top-deck roads at four se­lected points of the city, namely; Ka­fue road (Mak­eni junc­tion), Ka­fue round about, Kabwe round­about, and Ar­cades round­about. Other four points of road ex­pan­sion will be Church-Cairo junc­tion, Kab­u­longa round­about, High court round­about, Lon­gacres round­about and Mosi-OaTunya. Roads such as Kasan­gula, Lake-Mwapona, Nang­wenya, Zam­bezi, Alick Nkhata, Mu­nal­iMu­tumbi Kam­loops and Buyan­tan­shi would be ex­tended to four lanes. Fur­ther, Ben-Bella, Ka­fue, Great East (Kabwe round­about -Palm Drive), In­de­pen­dence and Kalambo roads will be ex­tended to six lanes and mod­ern street­lights in­stalled.

The Lusaka de­con­ges­tion project has taken off. It in­volves re­design­ing ma­jor roads to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion and save on time travel and dis­tances

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