Zambezi River Authority to refurbish Kariba Dam wall road

Masimba Gomo

Bulawayo- The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has set aside funds to renovate the road across Kariba Dam wall which links Zambia and Zimbabwe, procurement manger, Langton Pfaira has said.

ZRA is a corporate body jointly and equally owned by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is mandated with management of the Kariba Dam Complex and the stretch of the Zambezi River (from Kazungula to Kanyemba) forming a common border between the two neighbouring Southern African countries.

Pfaira said the tender to repair the road was open to Zambian and Zimbabwean companies.

“The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has set aside funds to finance various operations during the 2015 financial year and intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for civil engineering works under the contract for resurfacing the road across the Kariba Dam approximately 10,800 square metres using hot pre-mix asphalt concrete or similar approved material,” Pfaira said.

ZRA now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders in Zambia and Zimbabwe for resurfacing the road across the Kariba Dam using hot pre-mix asphalt concrete or similar approved material.”

The scope of work, he said, will include among other things: scrapping of the existing road pavement cover and stockpiling the removed material at approved locations, and cleaning the exposed base (comprising concrete surface at dam crest and compacted gravel at the dam ends) by brushing to remove dust and all loose material.

The work will also involve application of a binder at a suitable application rate and as specified and resurfacing the road using hot pre-mix asphalt concrete or similar approved material covering approximately 10,800 square metres.

Part of the work includes reworking the gravel base layers on road sections at the dam end, recycling of removed pavement cover material where feasible, painting of carriageway markings and making good of site after road resurfacing work.

Kariba Dam wall road is important to regional integration as it is crucial in reducing the volumes of traffic, people and goods at Chirundu Boarder Post, which is often overwhelmed.

The road is one of the three gateways between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The other two are the Victoria Falls and Chirundu Border Posts. All the three are on the mighty Zambezi River.

October 2015
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