The Road Development Agency RDA has clarified that it is not using ordinary gravel to mend potholes on the 90 kilometers of the Chipata-Lundazi road.
RDA Regional Engineer, Thomas Zimba says that the agency is using gravel mixed with cement to mend the potholes, which is a normal exercise in road construction.
Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Zimba says these works, which he described as holding maintenance measure, will be followed up with putting up of bitumen.
He says that his office was currently behind schedule in getting permission to procure bitumen from Ndola.
Mr. Zimba says that this is partly because his office has a ceiling of how much money it can handle when attending to road works within Eastern Province.
And Mr. Zimba says that it is normal that the 90 kilometers stretch from Airport turnoff on the Chipata-Lundazi road can develop potholes because it was last worked on more than 10 years ago, by Rubex Contractors.