Mnister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Hon Felix Mhona has coordinated a joint fund for the rehabilitation of Bulawayo’s City dilapidated roads.This programme has rescued most local authorities as they have been failing to effectively rehabilitate roads that are now in a poor condition. Treasury and the Dr George Manyaya led Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) are jointly funding the roads rehabilitation programme.
The reconstruction of roads is an economic enabler and a driver towards the attainment of Government’s Vision to achieve an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) spokesperson, Mrs Nesisiwa Mpofu revealed to TechnoMag council’s plans to rehabilitate its share of the roads.Ms Mpofu told TechnoMag that the delay to fixing the roads was, “Owing to the rains, they had suspended the maintenance works due to wet ground with the exception of minor storm water drainage works.”
Mrs Nesisa Mpofu also said, “The road works are now resuming since the rains subsided and now that they have, the roads earmarked for rehabilitation include the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road from Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue to Glenville Drive in Richmond suburb, a 5km stretch along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road from Ascot Shopping Centre and another 6km along Cecil Avenue.”
“Lady Stanley Avenue will also be rehabilitated,” added Ms Mpofu.
Tensor Systems (Pvt) Ltd which is also involved in the rehabilitation of the Beitbridge-Harare Road has been contracted by Government to carry out the roadworks.
Government launched the ERRP 2 programme to rehabilitate roads in cities and towns, which had been heavily damaged by rains in the past season following failure by local authorities to maintain the roads.
Driving along the potholed roads had become a nightmare for motorists.
Provincial roads engineer for Bulawayo and Matabeleland North, Engineer Stephen Kamutema said they are expecting the delivery of equipment within the next two weeks ahead of the commencement of the actual works.
“As Department of Roads, we are the implementing agency while the contractor is Tensor Systems (Pvt) Ltd, one of the companies contracted in the ongoing Harare-Beitbridge Road.
“We have put a notice, marking the beginning of the whole process and as I speak there is a lot of planning and mobilisation of equipment including setting up the site office,” he said.
“In the next two weeks we are receiving the equipment to start the actual road works. The total number of the stretch that we will be working on along the Victoria Falls Road is 5km from Amakhosi Theatre turn-off to Victoria Falls Garage.”
Eng Kamutema said under the programme, they are also rehabilitating 6km along the Cecil Avenue including a section covering 5km along the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Road.
“Part of the section of the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road that we will also be doing under the same programme covers 5km from Ascot to Puma Service Station. We are doing the road in terms of the Sadc standards just like in the case with the Beitbridge-Harare Road,” he said.
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has since put a notice advising road users of the temporary closure of Lady Stanley Avenue and a section of the Victoria Falls Road stretching from Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue to Glenville Drive starting on July 27.
According to the notice, the roads will be closed for a period of six months starting from June 27 to allow the contractor to carry out construction works. During that period clearly marked diversion routes will be created along the closed sections of the road.
“The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development through the Department of Roads, is carrying out Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme Phase 2 (ERRP2) in line with Statutory Instrument 47 of 2021. The Department of Roads hereby advises members of the public that Tensor Systems (Pvt) Ltd will be carrying out road rehabilitation and widening programme on Lady Stanley Avenue and Victoria Falls Road from Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue to Glenville Drive,” read the notice.
“The road will be temporarily closed from 27th June 2022 for a duration of six months to allow safe construction work. The diversion routes will be provided and clearly marked along the closed sections of the road