Saturday, 15 August 2015

Construction Of Pedicle Road Stuck At 38 Kilometers

The Pedicle road on a map
By Paul Shalala in Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Copperfield Mining Services, the contractor working on the 70 Kilometers Pedicle Road through the Democratic Republic of Congo, is still struggling to complete the project. 

The Pedicle road is a short cut through the DRC from Mokambo border on the Copperbelt to Chembe border in Luapula.

The company has so far tarred 38 Kilometers and gravelled the remaining stretch to Chembe border. 

The road should have been completed by last year but the contractor is still stuck with works.

Deep inside the DRC’s Katanga Province, the Kitwe-based  contractor is still struggling to construct a huge bridge across the Lubembe river.

Copperfield Mining Services is upgrading the bridge from its current single lane to a double lane.

The company has hinted that it would complete the works in December.

But according to the Road Development Agency, the road is supposed to be completed next month.

Once completed, the Pedicle road will provide the shortest route for travellers from Luapula province to Lusaka by over 3 hours.

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