Zimbabwe Commits $550M to Harare-Chirundu Highway Project

Harare-Chirundu Project Paves Way for Economic, Regional Growth

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe
Harare-Chirundu Highway Project

In a major effort to upgrade its infrastructure, the Zimbabwean government has launched a significant rehabilitation project for the Harare-Chirundu highway, a vital link in southern Africa. This ambitious project, which began in Harare last Wednesday, is projected to cost over US$550 million and is a testament to the government’s commitment to enhancing road connectivity and facilitating smoother trade routes across the region.

The groundbreaking ceremonies held over a month ago marked the official launch of this extensive roadwork, drawing attention to the strategic importance of the Harare-Chirundu highway. Transport Minister Felix Mhona, addressing media inquiries at the launch event in Harare’s Central Business District, outlined the project’s financial scope and its expected completion timeline of 18 months. Emphasizing the values of transparency and accountability, Mhona referenced the nation’s constitution, underscoring the government’s dedication to keeping the public informed and involved in such critical infrastructure developments.

The rehabilitation of the Harare-Chirundu highway is part of a broader initiative to overhaul Zimbabwe’s road network. Minister Mhona highlighted that this effort extends beyond a single highway, with plans in place to revamp roads across the country. The Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare-Chirundu highway, notably the busiest in Zimbabwe, is slated for completion by 2025, with the Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare segment already nearing completion thanks to the collaboration of five local construction firms.

The government’s roadmap for infrastructure development also includes upgrading rural and urban roadways to foster national development. Mhona specifically mentioned upcoming projects in Mashonaland East, including improvements to the roads in Murambinda and Buhera, signaling a comprehensive approach to enhancing Zimbabwe’s transportation infrastructure.

For the Harare section of the project, work commenced with the renovation of a stretch of Julius Nyerere Way, from the Main Post Office to Second Street. The project plan includes the continuation of work along Lomagundi Road up to the Westgate traffic circle, with certain detours being designated to minimize disruptions and facilitate smoother traffic flow during the construction phase.

The ministry has put measures in place to ensure the swift completion of the Harare section, including round-the-clock work shifts by the contractors. This approach aims to mitigate potential traffic congestion and confusion, demonstrating the government’s proactive strategy to manage the impact of construction activities on the daily lives of citizens and commuters.

This extensive road rehabilitation project not only represents a significant investment in Zimbabwe’s infrastructure but also signifies the government’s commitment to improving the quality of life for its citizens, enhancing trade and connectivity within the region.

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