Mzuzu City road takes shape after Plem Construction Ltd design change

Construction of the disputed Mzuzu Airport-Chiputula-Katawa Road has taken shape following new design by the contractor, Plem Construction Ltd.

Plem Construction Limited workers at work, Pic by Andrew Mkonda-Mana

zuzu Aiport-Chiputula-Katawa road wearing a concreate face

The new tarmac road attracted public outcry over its quality when it started cracking days after upgrading it to bitumen standard.

The contractor attributed the cracks to water springs beneath the road and lack of proper drainage system due to encroachment by residents along the road.

However, following the new design, the contractor is currently putting 150 millimetres of crushrun and 200 millimetres of concrete on top of underground pipes. This means water from the springs will not hit the surface of the road but will be directed into the drains on either side of the road through the pipes.

Meanwhile, residents in Chiputula where the road passes through have expressed satisfaction with the work in progress.

“We are now satisfied with what the contractor is doing to the road. The works we are seeing now give us hope that it will be one of the best roads in the city,” Boni Mushali said.

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