'Harare needs $2bn for road rehab'

HARARE - Harare City Council needs about $2 billion to rehabilitate and maintain its roads, a University of Zimbabwe research paper says.

The $2 billion will cover the cost of rehabilitation and maintenance of roads, street lights, pavements, traffic lights, kerbs, culverts and drains.

The paper, titled “The Growth and Problems of the City”, blames the deplorable state of roads to failure to do periodic maintenance.

“However, every road needs periodic maintenance, that is after three years, five years or

seven years of construction,” the paper says. “Most of the city’s roads have not had such maintenance over the last 15 to 20 years due to economic challenges.

“Most roads need total reconstruction. The on-going pothole patching is a temporary measure to allow the city to source reconstruction funding.”

Early this year, the city fathers told the Daily News they needed approximately

$600 million to fix the pothole-riddled  road network that is 5 000km long, of which 80 percent is tarred. 

The rehabilitation of Harare’s road network first needs a road condition survey which the research estimated will cost about $2 million.

“Road reconstruction costs $600 per metre in the CBD and about $250 per metre in the suburban areas,” the report says. “The bulk of the road infrastructure was constructed alongside the city’s suburbs.”

Comments (4)

Have you "factored- in" the obscene salaries element?

Mukanya - 7 March 2014

These studies are all very good but African leaders are too irresponsible and greedy for this to ever come to fruition. We are now just as bad and poor as Somalia and all those crackpot African dictator led countries. In democratic countries there would be total warfare if the head of state held a lavish wedding in the face of such crippling poverty.

Disaster - 7 March 2014

When more than 90% of council money is used for obscene salaries it is pointless to expect any of the mandate that council is voted in for. How can you even talk of roads when all the top chefs in council only ever talk about what car they are driving and what loans they can get from council to buy another house in Highlands or Umwinsidale. Rationalize salaries and benefits, fire the rot and lets give this city back its sunshine status

lovethynation - 8 March 2014

waste of time the rot will continue for ever we need to give this country back to whites to administer and make sure they are not racist and i know this time around they wont be

mukanya - 8 March 2014

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