By Thandeka Matebesi
HWANGE Local Board (HLB) has embarked on a road maintenance and rehabilitation project from funds allocated to it by the Zimbabwe National Roads and Administration (Zinara).
The project included patching potholes, clearing of storm drainages and culverts.
HLB public relations manager, Dumisani Nsingo, said the exercise was part of their routine road maintenance works.
“We were recently allocated ZW$2,2 million by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration and we have dedicated the funds towards routine road infrastructure maintenance,” he said.
“We started the exercise in October and it involves clearing of water storm drains and culverts. We are also covering road edge breaks and filling potholes.”
Nsingo said the exercise was targeting areas usually affected by flooding.
“We are focussing on the hotspots. These are areas where we experience perennial challenges, year in year out during the rainy season,” he said.
“We may need periodic maintenance so that we have a permanent solution with regards to permanently repairing our road infrastructure and that would need quite a substantial amount of funding.”
Nsingo also said there was a need for reconstruction of standard road infrastructure in suburbs such as Empumalanga where the existing infrastructure was sub-standard.
“There is a need for the reconstruction of road infrastructure at Empumalanga high-density suburb owing to poor workmanship backdating over 30 years ago,” he said.
“The design of the road infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired with substandard water storm drains while in other areas there are not there at all.
“As a result, the poor drainage systems in the suburb have exposed some homes to floods in rainy seasons,” Nsingo added.
He said: “The local authority already has plans to reconstruct the road infrastructure to make it more conducive by way of improving the standards and accessibility of the roads as well as construction of appropriate stormwater drains to help prevent flooding by draining rainwater.”