Urban roads get major facelift

By Owen Mandovha

Government’s road rehabilitation programme has moved to residential areas in line with the Second Republic’s inclusive development agenda after years of neglect by opposition-led urban councils.

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Honourable Felix Mhona, who last week embarked on an assessment tour of the rehabilitation of Seke Road in Harare, said Government is shifting focus to upgrading dilapidated roads in urban suburbs to ensure no one is left behind in the infrastructure development programme.

“Government has prioritised upgrading highways since the start of the infrastructure development programme, but at the same time roads in neighborhood and locations have been left out. We are now also fixated on sprucing up urban roads so that residents can also benefit from this development,” he said.

The Central Equipment Mechanical Department (CMED) has spruced up a couple of damaged roads in the capital, much to the excitement of residents.

“CMED has covered a couple of roads in Harare including Ceres here in Avondale, Baines Street in the Avenues Area, George Road, Masotsha and a host of others. We are continuing on this drive as instructed by Government which is our client,” CMED regional manager, Owen Magwenzi

The current wet spell has affected works but more urban roads are set to be upgraded in Harare.

CMED assistant project manager, Elizabeth Bore said they had temporarily parked their machinery due to the rains, but are going to resume work soon.

Urban roads have been neglected for a long time, with travelling having become unbearable for motorists, thus government is determined to fix this anomaly as it leaves no one and no place behind in its development agenda.