Zinara blows $1,7m on roads survey

BULAWAYO - State-run Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has unveiled $1,7 million for the national road condition survey which is meant to determine the state of the country’s road network in preparation for rehabilitation.

Speaking during the survey official launch yesterday at a local hotel, Zinara acting chief executive officer Moses Juma, said it has been difficult for road authorities to prescribe the correct timely interventions on roads that fall under their jurisdiction in the absence of critical data.

He said the data was necessary to determine the structural integrity, distress, skid resistance and overall quality of the road pavements in the country.

“The expected outputs of this survey will be to determine the actual parentage of roads in poor conditions, roads in good condition and the percentage of drainage or bridges in good or poor condition,” Juma said.

“Zinara has unveiled $1,7 million for this survey, which will be implemented and completed before year end.”

The poor road network has been cited as one of the major causes of carnage on Zimbabwe’s roads.

The acting Zinara boss said it was no longer necessary to carry out pothole patching as it only helped to address symptoms than the genuine problem on the ground.

“It is therefore this survey that is the antidote needed to determine the road network rehabilitation requirements and costs required thereof,” he said.

Comments (3)

Thats the way to go. Please find out how South Africa's SANRAL are doing it before you spent you funds. Careful planning makes perfect. Start with Beitbridge-Harare highway please. But one thing is clear, the design life of that road has long been surpassed. This is due to poor maintenance, increase in traffic volumes from date it was commissioned up to now, the as-built design was not meant for the excessive loads which it carries nowadays. There is also a need to revive the rail system in order to have a sustainable transportation infrastructure.

Rashe - 22 April 2016

Is the corruption levy factored in already in the US1,7million required to survey the corruption ratios expected.

Mukanya - 23 April 2016

That's what it should be like. Survey first, then the job. You cannot randomly do things at this level.

Ziso - 24 April 2016

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