via Harare to patch up potholes – DailyNews Live by Helen Kadirire 9 JANUARY 2014
Harare City Council (HCC) will in the next four weeks embark on major road maintenance as the rains have caused major damage to the roads.
“The rains, which are pounding a road network starved of periodic intervention measures over the years due to underfunding of the roads sector, are causing the roads to literally open-up,” Phillip Pfukwa, director of engineering services said.
“Most are no longer trafficable, thus creating hazardous situations for both motorists and pedestrians. While in the medium term, the city is working out modalities of raising a $400 million funding for upgrading the road network, management has come up with a short-term strategy to deal with the pothole menace.”
Roads that are first to be restored are the main feeder roads and VIP routes used by the president and diplomatic dignitaries.
Smaller roads will be dealt with during the course of the year.
“Besides pothole patching the road crews will be clearing storm-water drains at all problematic areas,” he said.