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The City of Bulawayo, whose road network is in a sorry state and requires at least US$700 million to revamp, has launched its 2015 road rehabilitation programme.

Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city has a road network covering 2075km which is in a very bad condition.

354km of that road network requires immediate rehabilitation.

The launch of the road rehabilitation programme for this year comes after the city’s purchased new equipment valued at over US$1 million.

The equipment includes a front end loader, two graders, two rollers, a dozer, an excavator and six plate compactors.

“The road rehabilitation plan for 2015 involves road reconstruction, overlays, reseals and re-gravelling in addition to the routine maintenance activities,” said Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo.

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is targeting to rehabilitate 56km of the road network this year at a cost of over US$5 million.

“The projects will be carried out using council resources,” Moyo said.

“This will increase the roads that are in good or better condition. The rehabilitation of physical infrastructure aims at providing public services to the people after years of neglect due to economic decay.”

Of the total 56km to be rehabilitated, 11km will be reconstructed while the rest is earmarked for resealing.

“On this particular project, 1,8km of Gwabalanda DriveHuggins Road will be rehabilitated to surfaced standards at a cost of US$304 000,” said Moyo.

“The section from L Street to Luveve Road will be resealed. The road has been in a terrible state and was identified as an important link and a major road for the suburbs of Luveve and Gwabalanda where installations like the Luveve Police Station, Clinic, Housing Office, youth clubs, Beit Hall, Luveve Stadium among others can be accessed directly from the road.”

The other roads to be rehabilitated include Intemba, Jukwa, Siyephambili, 23rd Avenue, Ngcebetsha, Ngcebetsha, Old Falls, Ematsheni, Vera, Birkenhead, Cecil and Mpopoma Avenue.

Source : Financial Gazette