Government says it has filled up potholes stretching over 7 000km of the country’s roads amid concerns the onset of the rain season could cause further damage to the critical national infrastructure.
At a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government’s Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Programme 2 continues to register significant progress across the country’s 10 provinces.
“The programme has so far rehabilitated 318.7km of road length, while 10 946 km have been regravelled; 11 529 km have been graded; Potholes have been patched on a total of 7 156km,” she said.
Potholes are a constant nightmare to motorists who constantly have to incur huge maintenance costs trying to fix their vehicles’ suspension.
In her address, Minister Mutsvangwa further said “1 150km drainage structures have been constructed or repaired across all Road Authorities, while 204 washaways have been reclaimed; total length of 7 092.1km of drains have been attended; verge clearing has been completed on 10 309 km.”
She added, “Roads authorities have, nonetheless, been directed to ensure that projects under their purview are completed by the end of October to ensure that outstanding works are completed before the onset of the impending heavy rains.
“Going forward, Local Roads Authorities will purchase road maintenance equipment using Devolution Funds under a phased approach, where equipment is imported, with the authorities being authorized to procure locally where it is locally available.”
Government said 26 km of the targeted 50 km on the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway have completed and opened to traffic.
“To date, over 240 km of the road have been opened to traffic and general progress is satisfactory,” said the minister.