BUSINESS came to a standstill last week along the Chirundu-Livingstone Road, which connects Zambia to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia after a culvert was damaged, resulting in a portion of the road being washed away.
Traffic only started flowing on the road on Tuesday after the construction of a detour.
Zambia’s Road Development Agency (RDA) said it was awaiting a report from its consultants to ascertain the cost of the damaged portion and consequent re-designing of the road.
RDA public relations manager Loyce Saili was quoted by the Zambian Times saying the road was now usable by motorists.
Saili said the agency had contracted a transport and construction company to construct a diversion which motorists were for the time being using.
She said once the consultancy report is ready, the road would be properly repaired.
Saili cautioned motorists to adhere to the contractor’s instructions to avoid possible “congestion” when using the makeshift diversion.
Some drivers told the Zambian Times that they were happy that the road was now passable.
On Friday last week Zambia’s Southern Province was completely cut off from the rest of the country when a culvert on the Chirundu-Livingstone Road was damaged.
Over the weekend, Zambian President Rupiah Banda visited the site and directed the Office of the Vice President to conduct regular maintenance work because a “good road network is vital to accelerating economic development”. – Staff Writer.