This project involves the construction to bitumen standard of approximately 10km of road section from Mkanda towards Kapiri. The Road will be upgraded to an all-weather bitumen standard road with a cross section of 6.8m carriageway and 1.5m shoulders with an asphalt concrete surfacing.
The project will have many benefits to the people of Mkanda and Kapiri. Some of the benefits will include;
1. Reduction of Travel Time
The road upgrade will greatly reduce the travel time of road users in the surrounding community.
2. Maintenance costs
With the new construction from gravel to bituminous surfaced standard, the road will operate in an all-weather condition. Ultimately, emergency maintenance works during the rainy season and costs will be reduced as concentration will be on routine maintenance activities such as drainage structures cleaning, line marking, grass cutting and patching of any potholes that may occur.
3. Vehicle Operating and Passenger Travel costs
Vehicle operating costs savings constitute the most important benefit attributable to the project. This will have direct reduction on maintenance cost of the vehicles, reduced fuel consumption and travel time.
Passengers will now be paying less and spending less time on travel. Availability of buses and minibuses will greatly improve.
The area where the road passes is an agricultural area for mainly tobacco, maize, beans, potatoes and groundnuts. The upgrading of the road will ease problems of transporting farm inputs and produce to and from various markets.
5. Employment Creation and Business Boosting
The people around the area of the road project will also benefit by getting employed in various road activities by the Contractor. During project implementation and after, a lot of businesses will be enhanced along the project road and the communities will be empowered
6. Environmental and Health
The upgrading will reduce the occurrence of dust and mud along the project area and thereby improving sanitation which means reduction in the spread of diseases which are airborne or waterborne. This will reduce the cost of medicines which would have been required to treat the people affected. The upgrading of the road will allow the communities good access to health facilities in town.