Government has set aside $150 million for the rehabilitation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Highway.
This was revealed by Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza. Speaking at a construction site in Beatrice where Department of Roads workers were completing a 3km detour, he said the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has so far released $40 million for the project. Said Matiza:
So far the budget is $150m, but currently the money allocated by Zinara is $40m. By next week we are going to open the detour roads to allow us to work on the actual roads. Rehabilitation of the actual road starts next week and will take three and half years to complete the whole project. During the first phase of rehabilitating the road, we are going to dualise 10kms before and after every town. This is a very important road. I am happy with the progress taking place. Here in Beatrice we have constructed a 3km detour and in Chivhu it’s 6km. We are also starting to scrape the old surface next week. The last time when I came here it was muddy, there was not much happening but now they working 24/ 7 and during holidays.