Ministry of Transport and Public Works has set November this year as the deadline for the construction of the dual carriageway between Bingu National Stadium and Parliament Roundabout in Lilongwe.
The contractor for the 4.4-kilometre road is Mota Engil.
Speaking when he inspected the site on Wednesday, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said he is satisfied with the progress.
He said the road will be the first in the country to have an interchange at Area 18 Roundabout, thereby reducing congestion.
Said Mhango: “So far so good and we hope by October this year, this road will be completed and handed over to government.
“By November this road will be open to users and the outlook of Lilongwe will be considerably changed. Even congestion will be history.”
He said government has lined up many road construction projects such as turning the Biwi Triangle-Crossroads Section into a dual carriageway, Mchinji Roundabout to Kanengo and Mchinji Roundabout to Kamuzu International Airport.
The projects will be funded by the Japanese and Chinese governments.
Roads Authority chief executive officer Emmanuel Matapa commended the minister for visiting the site, saying it motivates contractors.
He also defended the cost of the project, saying most areas of the road will have three lanes and not two to avoid congestion. n