US$40m spent on in­fra­struc­ture up­grades

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - De­bra Matabvu

AT LEAST US$40 mil­lion has been spent on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of na­tional roads dam­aged by last sea­son’s tor­ren­tial rains, un­der phase one of the Emer­gency Road Re­pair Pro­gramme which started in March.

The 60-day first phase wit­nessed emer­gency re­pair work coun­try­wide, with bridges dam­aged by floods also get­ting at­ten­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by The Sun­day Mail, re­pairs are be­ing done in Man­i­ca­land on Chik­wizi Bridge along the Mutare-Masvingo High­way, and Mutare Bridge; while works on the Cen­te­nary-Gutsa Road in Mashona­land Cen­tral Prov­ince are near com­ple­tion, with the Old Ma­zowe Road hav­ing been grav­elled.

The Harare-Mukum­bura, Mvurwi-Kanyemba and Katarira-Mahuwe roads have been worked on while in Mashona­land East prov­ince, the Wedza-Mu­ti­weshiri Goneso road has been com­pleted.

Bon­dolfi-Renco Cause­way con­struc­tion in Masvingo prov­ince is al­most com­plete and pot­hole patch­ing and bush clear­ing has been com­pleted along the Shu­rugwi-Man­dam­abwe Road.

The Lonely-Mo­tapa Raod in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince has been graded and re­pairs to the Hwange-Deka Road are near­ing com­ple­tion.

Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo told The Sun­day Mail last week that, “Phase one of the pro­gramme which com­menced on 13 March 2017 pri­ori­tised the preser­va­tion of road in­fra­struc­ture from fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of drainage sys­tems as well re­pair­ing of dam­aged roads sec­tions. “In this re­gard re-grad­ing of gravel roads has al­ready achieved 16 490 km in the pe­riod un­der re­view. In phase one, which was emer­gency road works, we used US$40 mil­lion. The De­part­ment of Roads used at least US$14 mil­lion, Dis­trict Devel­op­ment Fund US$7 mil­lion while ur­ban coun­cils re­ceived US$12 mil­lion and US$6 mil­lion was given to ru­ral dis­trict coun­cils.

“Plan­ning for phase two of the pro­gramme is al­ready un­der­way which will fo­cus on ma­jor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works which in­cludes re­con­struc­tion of dam­aged bridges.”

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