A civil engineers’ body has revealed that some of the flyovers in Harare are in a state of disrepair and risk collapse.
The engineers urged Members of Parliament to raise the issue with the relevant minister to avoid a catastrophe.
In a letter written to the Office of the President and Cabinet and copied to Parliament, Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE) president Bernard Musarurwa said:
As engineers, we demand that MPs (Members of Parliament) take up the issue with the relevant minister. We do not want a situation where you will say this issue was never raised.
We have had a government that has ignored infrastructure investment for years and now the existing infrastructure is crumbling.
The City of Harare (CoH) engineers, together with the consultant’s engineers, inspected the three flyovers on September 21, 2006. And again, the engineers conducted another more detailed inspection on September 29, 2006.
From the two inspections, the consultant was able to ascertain firsthand the extent of defects to be able to propose the requisite intervention strategies required for the repair of the structures.
Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme said that they have written to the Ministry of Transport to attend to the problem.
Some of the structures which are now a hazard include Simon Mazorodze Road (Beatrice Road) fly-over at the interchange with Rotten Row as well as two adjacent fly-overs on Rotten Row and Lytton Road.
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