Harare (New Ziana)- The closure of portions of the Harare-Masvingo Road, Chitungwiza and High Glen Roads to pave way for the construction of the multi-million-dollar traffic interchange at the Mbudzi roundabout will take effect from September 18, up to a period of one and half years.
In a notice, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhona said diversion routes including Malvin Road, Forbes Road, Hopley Road and Stoneridge Road, would be used during the construction period.
“(Portions of roads to be closed include) Roads constituting the four legs of roads into Mbudzi traffic circle for a distance 1.5 kilometers long from the center line of the traffic circle on all four legs. A portion of Harare-Masvingo Road at Mbudzi, 1.5 kilometers before the center line of the traffic circle and 1.5 kilometers after the traffic circle.
“A portion of Chitungwiza road 1.5 kilometers after the traffic circle going to Chitungwiza. A portion of High Glen Road, 1.5 kilometers after the traffic circle going to High Glen,” he said.
“Motorists are urged to be patient during the construction period.”
The roundabout is at the intersection of Simon Mazorodze, Chitungwiza and High Glen roads that feed traffic from western Chitungwiza and many old and new Harare suburbs into the Central Business District as well as the heavy national and regional traffic on the Harare-Masvingo highway.
The interchange, which will have 14 bridges and is expected to enable smooth flow of traffic in and out of the city along the country’s busiest road, is being constructed under a special road infrastructure revamping programme, dubbed the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program 2.
This was after the government declared all roads in the country a State of Disaster in order to facilitate the mobilisation of funds for maintenance and repair works.
In the 2022 national budget, the government set aside $156 billion for infrastructure development.
The Second Republic has embarked on a massive infrastructure development programme spanning several sectors, mainly transport and agriculture, using domestic resources.