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Seven bridges now complete at the Mbudzi traffic interchange

Seven bridges now complete at the Mbudzi traffic interchange

Story by John Nhandara

CIVIL works at the Mbudzi Traffic Interchange in Harare are progressing according to plan, with the project expected to be complete by July this year.

At least seven bridges out of 15 are now complete at the Mbudzi traffic interchange with progress also being made in earthworks.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development was on a familiarisation tour of the Mbudzi traffic interchange this Thursday, where they were briefed on progress made so far.

“We are at 61 per cent in terms of overall progress, with bridges we are at 87 per cent. Earthworks are slightly above 40 per cent, bridges have to be completed first before earthworks. Certain bridges need to be completed for the earthworks to pick up pace, so far, we have completed seven out of 15 bridges here,” said DNMZ International Resident Manager, Mr Emmanuel Dube.

Satisfied with the progress made so far, Parliament called for the speedy completion of compensation issues with some property owners, which is understood to be stalling progress.

“We are very happy with the progress made so far but outstanding issues like compensating property owners must be dealt with immediately so that the contractor works within the prescribed timelines,” said the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Knowledge Kaitano.

Member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Munyaradzi Kashambe said, “This is a world-class project that speaks to NDS1 and will help ease congestion.”

Meanwhile, the committee will tour some infrastructural development projects funded by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) and engage stakeholders in infrastructure development.

“The portfolio committee is touring infrastructural development projects. We will then have deliberations and recommendations of how we can move together in line with NDS1,” said the ZINARA Board Chairperson, Dr George Manyaya.

Apart from the Mbudzi traffic interchange, the Second Republic has rehabilitated several roads such as the Beitbridge – Masvingo – Harare highway with the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway also getting a facelift.

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