240 km of the Harare-Beitbridge highway completed

By Bruce Chahwanda

THE rehabilitation of the Harare-Beitbridge highway is on course with contractors having completed 240 kilometres out of a target of 300 kilometres by December this year.

The multi-million dollar Harare-Beitbridge Highway rehabilitation project is progressing well as contractors are on the ground to ensure that set targets are met.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona is confident the target of 300 kilometres will be achieved by the end of the year.

“At the beginning of 2021 we were around 120km that was opened to traffic and as we speak we have opened 240km to traffic and when we say open to traffic we do not count detours. Detours only show that there is work in progress, if we count detours were are beyond 300km. Remember also that we are using local contractors creating employment within communities.”

The project has now moved into Matabeleland South Province with road construction works already underway.

“We have a company that is now starting works from Beitbridge, Bitumen World this will put to rest soothsayers, who have been a sceptic about the project. So we are now in Matabeleland South province. It is only that we started with specific arrears, which were bad but the whole project will be covered.”

The rehabilitation of the Harare-Beitbridge highway is one of the major projects that the Second Republic is undertaking with five local firms having been contracted.