Road rehabilitation gains steam- Government

by | Jun 24, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Government has confirmed that progress has been noted in Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme 2 that was recently launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The ERRP2, was meant to rehabilitate roads that were affected by last season`s incessant rains.

During a Post Cabinet Briefing session Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Hon Sen. Monica Mutsvangwa said there has been significant positive movement.

“Regarding the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme 2 (ERRP2), Government wishes to advise that implementation of the Programme is work in progress, with some notable achievements having been recorded,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Minister Mutsvangwa clarified that the ERRP2 was being done in clusters.
The works being carried out on the roads, which were declared a state of emergency, fall into the following categories:
• Rehabilitation and construction;
• Reseals; re-gravelling;
• Spot re-gravelling; grading;
• Drainage structures repair and construction;
• Wash-away and gulley reclamation;
• Erosion works and drains; verge clearing;
• Pothole patching.

“Highlights include the following: that 7 515 km out of the targeted 13 313 km of road network have been pothole patched, while 4 115 km have been graded, 874 km re-gravelled and 164 km rehabilitated or constructed,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
Below is a summary of progress shared by Minister Mutsvangwa;

In Manicaland, the surfacing of 15.5 km of the Kopa-Jopa Road has been completed, while surfacing of the remaining 10km on the Marange-Zipiripiri Road is expected to be completed by 30 June, 2021.

In Mashonaland East, construction of the Monte Cassino Bridge was completed and awaits commissioning. In Bulawayo, the City Council completed the asphalt overlay over Fife Street.

In Matabeleland North Province. 33 km of the Hwange St. Mary’s-Luseche Road was re-gravelled by the District Development Fund (DDF) and 6 km surfaced.

In Masvingo The rehabilitation of 14 km, putting up of road signs and carriageway markings as well as drainage and vegetation control has been completed on more than 7 km of the Chivi-Mhandamabwe Road.

In Mashonaland West Province, the DDF has so far surfaced 10 km of the Karoi-Binga Road from Chivakanenyama Secondary School to Zvipani Rural Business Centre. In the Midlands, pothole patching, vegetation clearing and opening of drains along the entire 83 km Gweru-Mvuma Road is almost complete.

In Mashonaland Central, construction of the Karoi Bridge is 90% Page 10 of 12complete.

In Matabeleland South, more than half of the Masholomoshe-Umzingwane Road was graded.

In Harare, the total rehabilitation of Boshoff Drive and Kelvin Road South was completed by CMED.