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Government’s road infrastructure development program on course

Story by Gay Matambo

THE Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program (ERRP) has been taken to all parts of the country in line with the Second Republic’s inclusive development agenda.

This comes after the rehabilitation of the badly damaged Lothian-Triangle Road in Triangle.

The Lothian-Triangle Road, which connects Masvingo-Mutare highway and Ngundu-Tanganda road via Zaka, was badly damaged during the rainy season.

Motorists from Chiredzi were now being forced to use the Ngundu-Tanganda road and the Masvingo-Beitbridge road to connect to the town of Masvingo.

That is, however, set to be a thing of the past after the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development embarked on an intensive road rehabilitation exercise.

Masvingo Provincial Roads Engineer, Augustine Gwevere said, “We expect the routine maintenance works to be complete during mid-April this year, but the road is now passable. It is one of the secondary roads in Masvingo Province.

We urge motorists who use that road to exercise caution and adhere to construction or maintenance signs which they will encounter along the road.”

The development has also ignited excitement among motorists and the local community.

“The road was in a very bad state such that we were now using the longer route via Ngundu to go to either Masvingo or Harare, but we thank the government for setting aside funds for this road to be rehabilitated,” said one of the motorists.

Another added, “I come from Zaka, and before the road was fixed, we used to travel for 3 to 4 hours from Chiredzi to Jerera, a distance which only takes an hour if the road is okay. We are very happy that the road is now passable.”

“Before the road rehabilitation works, a lot of accidents and breakdowns were occurring along this road due to the potholes, but we want to thank the government and President Mnangagwa because our road is now passable,” said one of the villagers.

The government has been on a massive infrastructure development drive, which has seen some of the country’s major roads, including the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge and the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highways, being rehabilitated.

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