SUPERVISION OF CIVIL WORKS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE GREAT EAST ROAD (T4) ENTERED IN THE WORK PHASE

2014-02 ZAMBIA 150Chipata (Zambia)- March, 2014
After the contractor’s mobilization, on last March 17,2014 our team finally entered the project office in the camp site around 60 km from Chipata.
The Great East Road represents the only highway link between the Zambia Capital Lusaka and the Eastern Province of Zambia. It is also the major transport link between Zambia and Malawi and between Zambia and northern Mozambique and therefore it plays a key role in the Zambia National Transport Policy since it’s part of the Core Road Network and of the regional transport infrastructure.

The Lot 2, object of the work supervision service contract, spans from the city of Sinda to the village of Mtenguleni, about 30 km west of Chipata, for a total of 95.5 km.
The scope of work includes:

  • Upgrading of the existing carriageway to a new cross-section comprising 2 traffic lanes 3.4 m wide and 2 paved shoulders;

  • Replacement or, in most cases, strengthening of the existing pavement;

  • Provision of dedicated access points and service roads/parking areas in the settlements along the route;

  • Provision of lay-bys and parking aprons at strategic points for overnight stops and breakdowns;

  • Replacement of culverts to achieve required design life and hydraulic capacity;

  • Improvement of one bridge and reconstruction of a second one;

  • Provision of road signs and markings as well as safety devices such as reflectors and guardrails.

The Works will be accompanied by cross cutting measures in the environmental and social fields including HIV/Aids awareness and prevention campaigns, Road safety campaigns, Tree planting and Positive discrimination for the employment of women in specific tasks.

The challenging aspects of the project consist in:

  • The optimization of the use of the available material resources, particularly critical due to the environmental constraints and to the geological conditions;
  • The contract and construction management for easing the sharing of resources with the neighbouring contractors.

The project started in August 2013 and will have a duration of 37 months.

It relies on Funds from the EUROPEAN UNION, through the European Development Fund (EDF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).