By Yolanda Moyo
Motorists in Bulawayo, who have endured years of navigating through potholes have welcomed government’s emergency road rehabilitation programme.
The rehabilitation of roads such as Josiah Tongogara, Masiyephambili and George Silundika in Bulawayo has brought hope to motorists who believe the days of potholes will soon be a thing of the past.
“We are happy with what is being done by our government. It shows that they are indeed keeping their promises of rebuilding the Zimbabwe we know,” said a motorist.
Another said: “We are facing a lot of challenges, but we can see that government is doing all it can to rehabilitate the state of the roads. It was a torrid time navigating through potholes in the central business district. We are indeed grateful. We hope many roads will be rehabilitated.”
Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) Managing Director Engineer Davison Mhaka said significant progress has been made in the rehabilitation of roads in the city.
“We are going to do 2,5 kilometers of reconstruction. So far we have done 600 meters and we are at stabilization stage. We also have a number of roads that we have attended that is Josiah Tongogara that is overlay and George Silundika. We are working on iron bridge road where we have finished the pothole patching. We have also started working on Masotsha Ndlovu. We have done the pothole patching on that road,” he said.
As government targets to restore the country’s national road network, there is optimism much ground will be covered before year end.