The popular Mbudzi round about is set to be officially closed to the public in two weeks as the Ministry of Transport intensifies work on the 14 bridge Mbudzi interchange, that will redirect traffic from the South African entry point along Simon Mazorodze and Highglen -Chitungwiza intersection.
The first of its kind in Zimbabwe, state of the art intersection has already seen work on five bridges commencing. The bridges, will pave way for the filtering of traffic in and outside Harare, allowing the free flow of traffic thereby eliminating congestion.
The multi-million dollar project will also see a total of 135 properties, among them houses and commercial properties being demolished to pave way for a “spaghetti road exchange”
Addressing media during a familiarisation tour of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport Engineer Kudzanai Chinyanga said only property owners will get access to the roundabout when it closes in a fortnight.
“In the next two to three weeks, we are going to close the roundabout from public access. Another detour road has been completed which shall be used to access the peripheries, and only property owners around the exchange will be given access into the area,” Chinyanga.
To help with the compensation of affected property owners, Engineer Chinyanga said government has contracted three property evaluators, among them two private sector players and the Public Works department. Property owners are also free to hire a company of their choice if not satisfied by the evaluations, Chinyanga said.
He said the ministry would make public the consolidated compensation figure without revealing individual compensation amounts due to contractual obligations.
The Mbudzi round about is being constructed by three companies, Masimba Construction, Fossil and Tensa. The three companies are also working on the Masvingo-Harare section while Bitumen and Exodus & Company are working on the Beitbripart of the Harare Masvingo Beitbridge contractors.