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City Needs $400mil for roads

Gweru needs $400 million for road rehabilitation
Gweru, Zimbabwe’s third largest city, requires about $400 million to rehabilitate its road network, 70 percent of which is in a poor state, over the next 10 years, a municipal report shows.

According to a report by the local authority’s engineering department, seen by The Source, Gweru is only able to maintain a third of the heavily potholed surfaced road network.

This year alone, Gweru needs about $40 million to refurbish some of the city’s roads.

“About 70 percent of our roads require massive rehabilitation work. For us to refurbish the roads and get them to their original state we need about $415 million over a period of 10 years which would translate to about $40 million a year,” reads part of the report.

The report also shows declining road maintenance assistance from the Zimbabwe National Roads Agency (Zinara).

The local authority is only able to temporarily patch up potholes, especially in the central business
district (CBD).

“Road maintenance has been a major problem due to the fact that it is capital-intensive. The city is only able to maintain 35 percent of the surfaced network which is heavily potholed,” the report says.

“To date, only cold premix is being supplied on a collect basis from Harare. This entails hiring of a 30-tonne truck every time such a trip is made.”

Gweru City Council also needs about $135,000 to purchase a Mobile Asphalt Plant to be used for the preparation of cold or hot mix for pothole patching.

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