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Govt splashes $30 billion on Harare-Beitbridge road

by Staff reporter
05 Dec 2021 at 06:14hrs | Views
THE Government has spent more than $30 billion on funding the reconstruction of over 260km of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, while an additional $1,3 billion has been directed towards the rehabilitation of dozens of major roads in the country's urban centres.

The completed sections of one of the busiest trunk roads in the region have now been opened to traffic.

Restoration work is ongoing on 63 major roads in 17 cities and towns with 55,2km of roads having already undergone reconstruction. A further 37,4km have been resealed while 10,8km have had asphalt overlaid countrywide.

Government this year took over 700 km of roads from urban local authorities, which will undergo rehabilitation over a period of 36 months under the Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP).

The road rehabilitation project is among pledges made by Zanu-PF in its 2018 Election Manifesto and progress made so far is in fulfilment of the promise.

Transport and Infrastructural Development secretary, Engineer Theodius Chinyanga, said work on urban roads will mainly cover pothole patching and resurfacing.

"Government took over roads in urban areas for the purposes of periodic maintenance, that is reseals, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The progress to date stands at 55,2km rehabilitated, reconstructed, 37,4km resealed and 10,8km asphalt overlaid.

Total funding that has been committed by Government under this programme on urban council roads is approximately $1,3 billion.

There are however, commitments that are currently tied up in circulation and are yet to be honoured."

Of the five companies contracted to rehabilitate the Harare-Beitbridge highway, Bitumen World and Fossil Contracting have completed work covering 60 km each, while Masimba Construction has rehabilitated 49,2km.
Work by Tensor Systems has covered 46,2km while Exodus and Company have reconstructed a 38km stretch.

The Department of Roads under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has completed work on a 7,2km portion of the highway.

Said Eng Chinyanga: "In addition, a total of 260,6km has been opened to traffic, while works on other sections are at various stages. The expenditure on the Harare-Beitbridge Road to date stands at $30 billion."

Completion of the entire road is expected next year, opening up vast economic opportunities enhancing intra-Africa trade under the North-South corridor.

In Harare, Government is set to finance the maintenance of 33 roads covering 249,8 km.

Already work is underway on key roads that handle high traffic volumes such as Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Road (formerly Enterprise Road), Kelvin South Road, Cranborne Road, Chiremba Road, Glen Eagles Road, Willowvale Road, Prince Edward/ Connaught Road and Masotsha Ndlovu Road among other roads.

In Bulawayo Province, 16 roads covering a total of 61,8km are being patched and resurfaced. Masiyephambili Drive, Old Khami Road, 10th Avenue, Josiah Tongogara, George Silundika, Njube Main Road, Luveve Road and Intemba Road, among other roads, are already being rehabilitated.

In Manicaland Province, nine roads covering 24,3 km in Mutare, Rusape and Chipinge are being rehabilitated.

Government will rehabilitate 74,4km in Mashonaland East while in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West, 11,7km and 83km stretches of roads will be refurbished respectively.

A combined total of 124km is being resurfaced in Gweru, Kwekwe, Zvishavane, Gokwe and Redcliff in the Midlands province.

Under the programme, 2 864 km of road network has been re-gravelled, while an additional 16 697km has been graded mostly in rural areas.

At least US$400 million has been set aside for the ERRP which is set to run for three years. Officials have said more than 20 000 jobs have been created through the road repairs programme.

Source - The Sunday News
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