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Mutare roads get facelift

by Staff reporter
13 Nov 2017 at 05:26hrs | Views
MUTARE City Council is racing against the clock to carry out a $1,3 million emergency roads rehabilitation programme in Dangamvura and Chikanga suburbs that is expected to be complete before the onset of the rainy season.

This is the second phase of the programme after the first phase of the emergency roads rehabilitation works that was rolled out to the tune of $1 million was completed on August 31 2017.

Council public relations officer Mr Spren Mtiwi last Friday said council had contracted Forit to undertake phase two of the emergency road rehabilitation programme that would also include resealing of Aerodrome Road, Herbert Chitepo Street and Second Street. He explained that there would also be resealing of 4km of Aerodrome Road, 0,85km of Herbert Chitepo Street and 1, 1km of Second Street to complete the process.

"Over and above that the reconstruction of the 1,5 kilometre Magamba Drive and the upgrading of the 3,8 kilometre Jelf Road to tar, upgrading of eight sets of traffic lights and installation of five new sets of traffic lights will also be undertaken," said Mr Mtiwi. Just recently, Town Clerk Mr Joshua Maligwa, Mayor Councillor Tatenda Nhamarare, councillors, city engineer Donaldson Nyatoti and civil engineer Daniel Nyirenda took media practitioners from various stables on a tour to assess work in progress. During the tour, Mr Nyirenda told journalists that Mutare City Council was taking seriously the second phase of the emergency roads rehabilitation programme with a view to ensuring that roads were trafficable before the onset of the rainy season.

"We anticipate to complete the second phase before the beginning of the rainy season and our teams are moving with speed to ensure that the set target is achieved,'' he said. He added that widening of some sections of the roads had been completed, with regravelling of Jelf Road in full swing. Cllr Nhamarare also echoed the same sentiments and expressed optimism that the poor state of Blessing Makunike Road, Magamba Drive and Jelf Road would soon bea thing of the past.

Residents who talked to The Herald on the roadworks said the coming of Mr Maligwa had brought some urgency in rehabilitation of roads, as management was for once prioritising restoration of quality and sound service delivery. Mr Maligwa also had an opportunity to interact with Dangamvura residents who came to witness the road rehabilitation on the day and they were full of praise for city management for the good work.

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Source - the herald
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