Malawi Roads Fund to construct first-ever toll bridge at Chingeni

Roads Fund Administration (RFA) of Malawi is planning to construct the first-ever toll bridge at Chingeni along the Blantyre-Lilongwe M1 road as one of the strategic initiative to broaden its resource base.

Road tolling coming soon

RFA’s Procurement & Public Relations Officer, Masauko Mngwaluko said they also plan to identify more sites suitable for erecting tollgates including smaller versions, which we may start sooner than the toll plaza at Chingeni.

For a start, Mngwaluko said they are already in the process of installing four toll gates along Mwanza-Zalewa (M6 road); Blantyre-Muloza (M2 road), Liwonde-Mangochi M3 road; Mchinji-Lilongwe (M12 road) and Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay road.

“Currently, the procurement process for the Chingeni toll plaza is at tendering stage,” he said.

“Our road network implementing agent, the Roads Authority has already floated a tender inviting contractors and consultants.

“We expect that the contractor will complete the construction works within five months and that it should be ready and operational by first quarter of the 2020 Financial Year.”

He added that the Roads Fund Administration will manage the revenue collection and to minimise any traffic delays, there will not provide any other social amenities as it is only for toll fees pay point.

Other projects lined up by the Roads Fund Administration to improve services on the roads include the on-going dual carriage ways to decongest the city of traffic.

Mngwaluko cited the Area 49 to Parliament roundabout road in Lilongwe rehabilitation projects, including the construction of the interchange at Area 18 roundabout as one such projects to decongest city traffic.

“We also finance road safety programmes by Traffic Police and Department of Road Traffic & Safety Services, including Axle Load Control.

“We are continuing financing the Special City Roads Rehabilitation Programme in the major four cities of Zomba, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu.

“We are also financing the Community Roads Maintenance Programme in 17 districts to improve rural road access,” Mngwaluko says.

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Medson
Medson
1 year ago

Please stop this evil things citizens can’t afford this .

Mbula
Mbula
1 year ago

I hope these structures will look into the asthetics and quality, come 50years down the line, and not eyesore of a country.

At this age if we can’t build public infrastructure relevant after 50 years then we better 1. Abandon the plan or 2. plan whole and build piecemeal

cconcerned citizen
cconcerned citizen
1 year ago

Please construct proper tollgates. Go to zambabwe and see how they have built theirs. Don’t construct sub standard structures. Build structures of international standard .

Mwana wa Anabanda
Mwana wa Anabanda
1 year ago

In many countries when toll roads are being initiated, other alternative routes are hatched especially for people in the vicinity of that particular area because you don’t want to be unfair to them in case they use that single route to conduct their businesses several times a day. Secondly all tolled roads must look the part. You can’t make people pay for substandard service. Our roads must have proper road signs, proper drainage systems, must have proper ground markings and are maintained regularly not the kind of roads we see in Malawi. I fail to understand for example why a… Read more »

braveheart
1 year ago

Long over due! Well done.

mbuya
1 year ago

Before you bring in toll gates ensure all the potholes are delt with otherwise, i do not know what the charges will be for..

mmmm
mmmm
1 year ago

Malawians are good at showing good futures, but at the end you bring us nyusense.

Njolomole
Njolomole
1 year ago

Don’t box up people around Chingeni who get their every day amenities using this road. Our road network does not give people alternatives hence locals around this area will be heavily taxed through toll charges. Let’s exhaust debate on this project before we sideline another section of citizenry.

kanchenga
kanchenga
1 year ago
Reply to  Njolomole

I was infact wondering why Tchingeni a very busy trading centre where you find an individual going around that area hardly going 100 kilometers but ends crossing the gate nearly 10 times or more. This is not fare. Find areas where there is a considerable distance between trading centers

Mangaliso
Mangaliso
1 year ago
Reply to  Njolomole

Join the discussion…this is a good point….common Irish sellers may end up being heavily taxed if other alternatives are not well devised

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