The construction of the Chama-Matumbo road in Muchinga Province is expected to be completed in December this year.
The 115 kilometres stretch, which is being constructed from the great north road in Shiwang’andu district to Luangwa bridge enroute to Chama district is being built at a cost of K399 million by China Jiangxi Corporation.
Constitution works on the project, which started in December 2012, have seen 60km being tarred so far.
The Road Development Agency (RDA) board led by its deputy chairperson Phidelia Mwaba toured the project to inspect the quality of works and the progress made on the road.
Ms. Mwaba expressed satisfaction with the quality of works and the pace at which the contractor is carrying out works.
She noted that the road was important to the country as it links Muchinga and Eastern provinces thereby opening up business and tourism opportunities in the two regions.
She stated that once completed, the road will allow farmers in Matumbo to access market for their farm produce and further give ease access to tourists from the neighbouring Tanzania to connect travel quickly between Mfuwe and Luangwa National park.
Ms. Mwaba stated that apart from creating job opportunities for local people, the road will generally open up the area for economic development.
And Zulu Burrow Development Consultant Assistant Resident Engineer David Sefelino assured the board members and RDA officials that the project will be completed within the agreed time frame.
Mr. Sefelino stated that 115km stretch will be tarred by the end of the year.
He stated that the delay was due to the industrial closure during the festive season and this rain season.
Meanwhile, the RDA Director for Construction and Rehabilitation Kanyuka Mumba epressed happiness that the contractor was following specifications and working according to schedule.
Mr. Mumba disclosed that the agency has so far done 2,500 km of roads countrywide under the link Zambia 8000 project.
The entourage also inspected the Nsafwa- Chinsali- Mulilansolo road which is also being upgraded to bituminous level by Sinohydro.