This 441 km section of road in Zimbabwe links carries traffic to and from the copperbelts of Zambia and DR Congo to Johannesburg and Durban.
In the June 14th 2010 meeting in Lusaka the Director of Roads of Zimbabwe requested for assistance with the preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design of the rehabilitation measures and tender documents for this section of the North-south Corridor. TMSA commissioned a Consultant to carry out a road condition survey and prepare a Draft Request for Proposals.
The RFP for Victoria Falls to Bulawayo Road section has been completed.
Harare - Nyamapanda Road
This 278km section of road links Harare, the captial of Zimbabwe, with Mozambique at the Macipanda/Cummulo Border post. It is the main link through imports and exports (small) from Malawi pass to South Africa.
TMSA is assisting Zimbabwe with the preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design of the rehabititation measures and tender documents for this section of the North South Corridor.
TMSA is supporting the installation of a strategic weighbridge along the North South Corridor with the aim of reducing overloading so as to improve road safety and reduce costs of road maintenance. The existing weighbridge has not been working for a number of years and there is no weighbridge between Chirundu and Livingstone (the two weighbridges that will weigh trucks from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia) and Kapiri Mposhi, north of Lusaka.
The Kafue weighbridge is located at a strategic point on the North South Corridor. It is at the southern end of the only bridge across the Kafue river, meaning that if this bridge fails no traffic can travel south from the Zambia and DR Congo Copperbelt and no imports from the southern ports can get to the Copperbelt.
This strategic weighbridge will assist to control overloading and so reduce the costs of road maintenance. It costs approximately US$1 million to rehabilitate one kilometer of road. The damage done to a road by an overloaded vehicle goes up exponentially with the gross mass of the vehicle. Therefore, even if the weighbridge only manages to save 6km of road in a year, it will have paid for itself in the first year.
The weighbridge will also improve road safety since overloaded vehicles increase the risks of accidents, damage to vehicles and loss of human life.
Lusaka - Chirudu Road (Link 4)
Link 4 of the Lusaka - Chirundu road on the T2 in Zambia is one of the busiest sections of the whole North-south corridor. The rehabilitation of Links 1, 2 and 3 from Makeni to Chilanga; Chilanga to the Turn off to the T1; Turn off to the T2 to escarpment are to be funded by the World Bank.
The Tripartite Trust Account has approved funding of Link 4 from the escarpment to the Chirundu Border Post including a 2km section in Zimbabwe. the possibility of jointly funding the supervision of these works with the World Bank is being explored. If this can be achieved this would be one of the first projects that involves joint countries (Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Tripartite lead donor co-ordination (DFID and World Bank).
TMSA are currently developing works tender documents for this section.
Malawian North-South Corridor Roads
The following sections of Malawian roads form part of the North-South Corridor and are being considered for funding by the Tripartite Trust Account:
Nsipe to Chingeni
Chingeni to Zalewa
Bwengu to Chiweta
Karonga to Songwe
Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) turn-off to Junction M1
Junction M1 to Bunda turn-off
Kasungu to Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) turn-off
Bwengu to Mzuzu
Sebina Junction - Nata Road
This 140km section of road in Botswana carries traffic to and from the copper-belts of Zambia and DR Congo to Johannesburg and Durban via the Eastern road network of the North South Corridor in Botswana.
TMSA is assisting Botswana to prepare the Request for Proposal for the design of the rehabilitation measures and tender documents for the Pandamatenga - Nata section of the North South Corridor. The Roads Department of Botswana have started rehabilitation of this road section from their own funds, but are in the process of requesting funding for the Sebina Junction - Nata section.
Serenje - Nakonde Road
The Serenje-Nakonde road is a 613 km section of the North-South Corridor and is also part of the Dar es Salaam Corridor. It is the only road link between the port of Dar es Salaam and the Zambia/DR Congo Copperbelt.
The road is one of the main ways to export copper and to import goods, in particular fuel. The road has failed completely and, because of this failure, many accidents and breakdowns occur and journey times are long. Currently, the RDA are using emergency funds to keep the road open.
The objective of the project is to rehabilitate the road so that the failed link between the Copperbelt and the port is repaired and the costs of transport is reduced through shorter journey times, less wear and tear on the vehicles, and improved driver safety. TMSA is providing support in the design of the three sections of the Serenje-Nakonde road and in procuring Consultants through International Competitive Bidding.
Funds from the 10th European Development Counterpart funds are being used to pay for the design and preparation of works tender documents for the rehabilitation of the road.
Sir Otto Beit Bridge
In order to improve traffic flow at the Chirundu One Stop Border Post on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Sir Otto Beit Bridge (originally constructed in 1939) was re-opened to pedestrian, car and bus traffic.
The bridge had been closed to traffic since 2005. The Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe therefore needed assurance that it was still fit for use. TMSA commissioned the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) to carry out a Major Inspection and Capacity rating of the bridge. The inspection was completed in September 2008. It identified certain actions that were required in the short term, such as the fixing of bearings and expansion joint. It further noted that the bridge would need additional maintenance interventions within three years, such as cleaning the abutment shelf, and then within ten years (complete repainting).
With TMSA's support, the short-term interventions were completed successfully and the bridge was re-opened to traffic in July 2010. During the short-term maintenance interventions investigations into the history of the bridge indicated that it is quite unique and may qualify as a World Heritage Site.
Next steps include preparing a Request for Proposals, and advertising for Consultants to prepare the Bill of Quantities as well as tender documents for the complete refurbishment of the bridge.
Tonata - Francistown Road
This 40km section of road in Botswana carries traffic to and from the copperbelts of Zambia and DR.Congo to Johannesburg and Durban via the Eastern road network of the North South Corridor in Botswana.
TMSA is assisting Botswana with the preparation of a Request for Proposal for the design of the rehabititation measures and tender documents for the Pandamatenga - Nata section of the North South Corridor.
The Roads Department of Botswana have started rehabilitation of the Pandamatenga - Nata section but now would like the Tonata - Francistown section be considered for funding.