US$85m for Mbudzi traffic interchange

By John Nhandara

THE Government has secured US$85 million for the construction of the Mbudzi traffic interchange, which is part of the government’s key infrastructure projects.

As the country moves ahead with the implementation of the National Development Strategy One, the government has confirmed having secured all the necessary funding for the traffic interchange at the Mbudzi roundabout in Harare.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona, who was speaking on a ZBC’s Current Affairs programme, Face the Nation this Wednesday, outlined the project’s funding model.

“The whole project will cost US$85 million but this is subject to review and I can gladly say the funding is already there. We also invited private players. Twenty million dollars will be used on detour roads,” said Minister Mhona.

Meanwhile, the government is finalising a funding model for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the state of the art toll gates compatible with an e tolling system.

“We want to avoid delays at toll gates and we will be reconstructing toll gates, such as the Shamva, Skyline and Dema toll gates. We want modern toll gates that will be having an e tolling system.

The second republic is moving with pace on infrastructure development projects such as the emergency road rehabilitation programme citing infrastructure as a key economic enabler to the aspirations of vision 2030.

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