The government of Zimbabwe has revived road maintenance units countrywide to ensure consistent monitoring and maintenance of all roads rehabilitated under the ERRP2 (Phase 2) as the country continues to prioritize infrastructure development projects.
Road construction falls under the infrastructure cluster and are regarded as key economic enablers in line with the country’s vision of attaining an upper middle income society by 2030. The maintenance units fall under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development. US $1bn has been spent so far on road rehabilitation, gravelling and drainage structuring as part of the Second Republic’s ERRP2 launched by President Mnangagwa
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona said the government has covered about 207 kilometres to date, some sections have been completed and will be open to traffic on a weekly basis.
“We are repairing our roads and at the same time resuscitating our maintenance units across the country in order to attend to any problems on the roads that are within their jurisdictions. We want to make sure that all roads that have been rehabilitated should be monitored,” said Mhona.
In Harare, more than 40 roads have been repaired to date, up from the original target of 32. Seke Road, Kevin South, Boshoff, Cranborne and Paisley are among the ongoing road rehabilitation projects. Bitumen World is undertaking the Seke Road where else CMED has also constructed five roads in the city and is now rehabilitating Paisley Road.
“We are targeting not only urban roads, but also rural areas, we have covered most of the 10 provinces as we speak. From Seke Road, we are going to rehabilitate Masotsha Ndlovu Way from Hatfield up to Simon Mazorodze Road in Waterfalls and then St Patricks Road in Hatfield,” said Mr. Mhona