Stefanutti Stocks has undertaken various road projects for the client, the Zambian Road Development Agency (RDA), including construction of the 10-kilometre Arcades to Airport Road in Lusaka, the 85-kilometre road between Zambezi and Chavuma in North-Western Province; as well as the 107-kilometre Bottom Road in the Southern Province.
The newly-awarded Kalabo-Sikongo road project lies 650 kilometres west of Lusaka and traverses the Barotse Plains that lie to the west of the Zambezi River. It runs in a westerly direction through the grasslands and crosses a number of small streams and flood plains after Sikongo, prior to reaching the Angola border.
The project scope includes:
- pavement layer construction (crushed stone base);
- carriageway surfacing (asphalt);
- 95-metre span bridge construction at kilometre 56;
- drainage-related works construction; and
- ancillary works.
“The Engineering Design is of a high standard for this area and we are required to crush 400 000 tons of material for the base course, asphalt and concrete,” says contracts director Jonathan Pells. “We will also have to allow for flooding during the rainy season in our construction schedule, as some of the potential borrow pits and the bridge site are prone to flooding and are usually submerged and impassable during the rainy season.”
The RDA hopes that many economic benefits will be realised from the construction of the road, including the opening of a trade frontier with Angola that would include provision of access to the Libito harbour. Other expected benefits include economic growth stimulation, and easier access to schools, clinics and markets for the local communities living along the route.
Currently site establishment for the project has begun in Kalabo. The construction of the road and bridge is to be completed within a 24-month period. The project is being jointly financed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), and the Government of the Republic of Zambia.