US$900 million has been allocated for Zimbabwe road construction projects as the country plans to rebuild over 161 km of roads for the Road Development Programme.
This is the most significant development in restoring the national infrastructure for the past two decades. The goal of the country’s road construction projects is to build trafficable world-class roads for public transportation and to boost economic activity.
At this point of time significant progress has been made in all eight rural provinces for projects that had been scheduled for this year, according to the Department of Works report.
In Mashonaland Central, the asphalt over the 2,7-kilometre distance of the Bindura-Mt Darwin-Mukumbura road has been laid. Road construction on the Mt Darwin to Mukumbura area is now 78% (12,8 km) complete. The laying asphalt on the Guruve-Kanyemba road is halfway done. The Norton road-over-rail bridge is completed and will be commissioned soon along with the dualisation of the Harare-Mutare road managed to cover 11km of the planned 16km.
There have been five constructors – Tensor Systems, Masimba Construction, Fossil Contractors, Exodus and Company, and Bitumen World – taking part in building the $1 billion Chirundu-Harare-Beitbridge road.
Over 30 workers from surrounding communities were engaged and various big and small services have been outsourced.