CHIVI - The 47 km stretch of road between Chivi Turnoff along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway and Mhandamabwe business centre along the Masvingo-Bulawayo highway is expected to get a complete overhaul to the tune of RTGS$16 million, TellZim News has learnt.
The tender was awarded to renowned civil engineers Bitumen World (Pvt) Ltd, a company that has of late worked on a number of road projects in the country.
The project is expected to begin by June 16, with work expected to be completed in three months’ time.
Though Masvingo provincial roads engineer, Peter Mukome was not immediately available for comment, it is understood the decision to resurface the road was reached after strong representations from the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira.
Chadzamira has previously expressed dissatisfaction with the attention given to the road which acts as an artery providing a link to the Midlands through the communal areas of Chivi.
Chivi Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson, Godfrey Mukungunugwa said the overhaul of the road will be good as it will amount to a substantial investment in the district in as many years.
“We welcome this development because it means a lot to us as a district; all the temporary job opportunities that will be created for local people and the surge in traffic that will be recorded when the road is improved. Travelling time from Beitbridge Road to Mhandamabwe via Chivi growth point will be drastically reduced meaning people will have more hours at work than on the road,” said Mukungunugwa.
He said council had confidence in the contractor due to the good record that the company holds in civil works done in other parts of the country.
“We will be working together with Bitumen World and we have nothing but the highest confidence in their capability to deliver. We know they have worked on many roadwork projects in the country and have delivered quality results. The road serves a great portion of our population and its upgrade will contribute to our goal of attaining town status in a few years’ time,” Mukungunugwa said.
He thanked Chadzamira for leading efforts to get government to improve the road which is currently not only narrow but is also pothole-ridden and generally user-unfriendly.