Investigation by Engineers from the Road Development Agency (RDA), into cause of the damaged culvert on the Zimba to Livingstone road has revealed that components of an Amco steel culvert were stolen thereby compromising the intergrity of the road.

This led to the section of the road to weaken and sink.

RDA Acting Director Communication and Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa says theft of the steel culverts caused the damage to a section of the Livingstone to Zimba road.

“After we received reports of damage to the road after a heavy down pour, Engineers at our Regional Office in Southern province moved to site very quickly to correct the situation so that traffic flow is maintained. Investigations carried out have established that there was theft of Amco steel pipe culverts which compromised the integrity of the road and resulted in the structure developing the defect.” Mr. Mulowa said.

He added that RDA has started working on the damaged portion to replace the stolen steel culverts with concrete ones.

Mr. Mulowa said that repair works were currently on course and are expected to be concluded at the weekend and that Traffic has not been disturbed.

“Our appeal to the Zambian people is to make sure that they are on alert and guard road infrastructure and furniture. Roads are constructed at a great cost and that every Zambian should look out and report any suspected vandalism on road furniture to law enforcers.” Mr. Mulowa added. 

Meanwhile, motorists are assured that RDA is on top of things and that the Livingstone to Zimba road remains a high-quality road with the bestriding surface since it was constructed over 10 years ago.

And in view of incidences of theft of steel culverts on road infrastructure across the country, RDA has now started installing concrete culverts to ensure roads have a durable lifespan.

Southern Province RDA Regional manager Emmanuel Kanguma says works to reinstate the road are going well.

Eng. Kanguma said the area was receiving normal to above normal rainfall which had made it challenging to work on the road.

He was however positive that works would be concluded over the weekend.