Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau
The Zimbabwe government has allocated $57.2 million to Beitbridge Municipality as it presses ahead with its Phase 2 of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP).
A total of $33.6bn has been budgeted for the second phase and the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has already disbursed $2.3bn to various local authorities.
Under then ERRP 2, the government is targeting to rehabilitate 10 000km of roads countrywide.
The rehabilitation and modernisation of the country’s road infrastructure so far has seen the opening of more than 60km to traffic on the Harare-Beitbridge road and the refurbishment of the Karoi-Binga road among other roads.
Beitbridge town-clerk, Mr Loud Ramakgapola said civil works are already in full swing across the selected roads.
“We have started the rehabilitation and surfacing four key roads in the western suburbs and we expect these to open to traffic by the end of this month,” said Mr Ramakgapola.
“Contractors are busy on the traffic lights (stadium) to the Dulivhadzimu Bus terminus road, the bus terminus to the Beitbridge District Road, part of Hagelthorn road and the Shule-Shule Business Centre to the Bus terminus road”.
He said the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, through the Department of Roads is also surfacing and rehabilitating roads in the low-density areas.
Some of the roads that are getting make-up in the low-density include, Acacia, Hill Clause, and Phala.
In the western suburbs, the ministry is working on the Corner ZAOGA to Mbedzi Business Centre and
the Mbedzi Business Centre to Total Service Station roads respectively.
The development comes a few weeks after government started upgrading the Beitbridge to Harare road starting at the border post entrance.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Felix Mhona said recently that the Beitridge to Harare and Chirundu road is being developed to match the current US$300 million Beitbridge border modernisation project. So far US$65 million has been spent on the construction of a new freight terminal at Beitridge which opened to commercial traffic on October 6.
The buses and light vehicles terminals which are under construction are expected to open to traffic by the end of next year.
It is also understood that feasibility studies with start soon for the upgrading of the Beitridge to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls road, with the contractor already busy with preliminary works.