Blessings Chidakwa-Municipal Reporter
Bitumen World, the company reconstructing a section of Seke Road under Government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme Phase 2, marks one month on site today with downward revision of completion date by about three weeks.
The company also says the road lifespan can stretch up to 16 years before any other minor repairs can be done.
Briefing Zanu PF vice president and second secretary Cde Kembo Mohadi and senior party leadership during a tour of the road on Tuesday, Bitumen operations manager Engineer Chris Seager said they were moving with pace considering the busy nature of the road.
“The scope of the work was to recycle the existing road and add another 75mm of crush stone based gravel, compact that with 225 mm layer followed by a prime coat and 30 mm of asphalt.
“That is from the section of Coke Corner to St Patricks and after St Patricks to 1 km beyond Maruta shops it is just to lay a 20mm asphalt layer,” he said.
Eng Seager said in terms of progress, they were about 60 percent through after four weeks on site.
“We sincerely hope that we will be able to finish the project before the end of October,” he said
Initially the project had been scheduled to be completed around mid-November.
Cde Mohadi said this was a clear sign that the Second Republic was delivering.
“I am satisfied with the work that is taking place. The company that is carrying out the work is a reputable company.
“A number of roads in Harare had been eroded.The coming in of the Government is commendable. We started with the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu road which is about 200 km complete. There are many roads that are going to be done,” he said.
Speaking during the tour, Harare provincial development coordinator Mr Tafadzwa Muguti said residents should brace for more road works.
“As Harare Metropolitan province, we started to fix all major roads. The main reason is that it is much easier for vehicular movement.
“We are also decongesting the city in the process.
“We have identified many roads and we have engaged contractors and will be starting works on them as well,” he said.
Road construction falls under the infrastructure clusters and roads are regarded as key economic enablers in the attainment of Vision 2030, that of achieving an upper middle income society.