– Kapiri weigh bridge set for closure

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—The Kapiri Mposhi Weigh Bridge is set for closure at the end of this month to pave way for rehabilitation works on the road that leads to the bridge.

The road that leads to the weigh bridge is in a deplorable condition which has resulted in slow traffic flow from the great North Road.

Mobile Weigh Bridge Team Supervisor, George Zyambo, from the Road Development Agency (RDA) disclosed that the facility is set for a nine-month closure so that the agency can carry out major maintenance and rehabilitation of the roads.

Mr Zyambo said the agency has received complaints from motorists and some government official over the dilapidation of both the facility and the road, saying the whole facility will be worked on.

He said the works will take long because the agency wanted to make a two-way system to enable the facility serve customers faster than it is currently serving.

He explained that during the time of closure the agency will be using another weigh bridge on the Great North road while heavy vehicles from the Copperbelt will be weighed at Mpika Bridge.

Mr Zyambio was speaking when Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Deputy Minister, Panji Kaunda, paid a courtesy call on Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Chanda-Sikazwe, at her office.

Ms Sikazwe complained of the state of the road that leads to the weigh bridge and appealed to Government, through the RDA, to quickly work on it, saying the bridge is responsible of road traffic congestion in Kapiri town.

She noted that trucks and passenger busses make long queues and most of the times
block the whole road as they could not be served quickly due to the
poor road and slow pace at which workers at the bridge operates.

Col Kaunda directed the agency to quickly respond to the people’s needs by working on the facility and its road.

The deputy minister is in Central Province to undertake a motorized traffic enforcement operation with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) RDA, and the Zambia Police traffic department.
The joint operation team later mounted road blocks and check points in Kapiri Mposhi and Mkushi where hundreds of motor vehicles were impounded and their drivers charged with various offences.

During the operation, the RDA mounted a mobile weigh bridge to check heavy duty vehicles with and without weigh bridge certificates in order to verify and counter check the
authenticity of the certificates from various weighing points.

The operation, which started at about 10:00hours, went up to 21:45 hourslast night.