Government continues fixing problem roads in Harare

by | Aug 17, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Alex Ndhlovu


Harare and Chitungwiza residents are expected to be the latest beneficiaries of the ongoing Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme Phase two (ERRP2).

The infamous Chitungwiza, which has become a headache to motorists due to its derelict nature.

Government has awarded a tender to Bitumen, to carry out road works under starting from Wednesday August 18 2021.


Road rehabilitation is a priority under the new dispensation led by by President Mnangagwa.


The ERRP2 was launched this year by the President after he declared the country’s road state of disaster.


Government moved to take over 700km of roads from local authorities country wide, after years of neglect.


Bitumen confirmed the development in a statement.


“The Department of Roads in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has awarded the reconstruction of Seke Road, under the Emergency Road Repair Programme Phase 2, to Bitumen World (Pvt) Ltd (Civil Engineering Contractors).

We are pleased to advise that the works are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 18 August. The reconstruction of a road necessitates re-routing of the traffic that normally uses the road. The reconstruction will be closing off portions of the dual carriageway such that single lane traffic will operate on the remaining open carriageway,” read the statement


The Company urged Motorists to exercise patience as there could be long queues.


They also encouraged motorists to use alternatives routes such as Airport road and St Patrick’s road as the construction will take about three months to complete.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona said more will be done.


“Under ERRP2, we are prioritising reconstruction of both roads in rural and urban areas. Government is delighted to announce that Bitumen World is going to start the reconstruction of Seke Road on 18 August, 2021. Brick by brick we are building Zim,” said Minister Mhona.


The government budgeted $33.6bn for the second phase and Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has already disbursed $2.3bn as the government intensifies efforts to rehabilitate the country’s road network.


To date, construction of the roads has created more than 1500 jobs around the country with more employment opportunities to be opened as the project progresses.


In Harare, another problematic road, Masotsha Ndlovu is being refurbished.