Plans afoot to construct Harare Drive ring road

10 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Plans afoot to construct Harare Drive ring road Workers reconstruct part of Harare Drive in the Ardbennie industrial area.

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Government says it is working to construct the missing links of Harare Drive ring road for local and inter-city traffic to avoid passing through the city centre and ease congestion.

Addressing a Zanu PF campaign rally ahead of the recent parliamentary by-elections, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga told residents of Harare East that the Government has plans to work on the roads in the constituency including completing the Harare Drive ring road.

“We are working on roads rehabilitation under the Road Development programme which will see the whole constituency; Harare Drive-Arcturus Road being repaired up to Tafara to Damafalls to Gazebo Shopping Centre (in Caledonia), Manresa, Msasa, Greendale, Helensvale and Borrowdale,” VP Chiwenga said while addressing Zanu PF supporters at Chikurubi Lakeview grounds.

Zanu PF’s Cde Kiven Mutimbanyoka won the by-election.

The Vice President said most importantly, there are plans to construct the Harare Drive ring road to ease traffic congestion in the city.

“This programme will be combined with the Sunway City programme.

“This will see vehicles going towards Samora Machel Avenue when going to Bulawayo or Mashonaland Central, Bindura or going to Mozambique via Mutoko not passing through the city centre.

“When going to Masvingo they will go through kuMbudzi through the new ring road that we want to construct,” said VP Chiwenga.

He said for this to be possible, the Government and citizens should not pay attention to prophets of doom who take to social media just to criticise without offering solutions.

“We don’t look at negative things but things happening on the ground. For this to happen, it requires unity and for us to walk together,” said VP Chiwenga.

Engineers and residents have of late been suggesting the need to construct the missing links of the Harare Drive ring road to ease traffic congestion in the city. The engineers and residents made the observations during a recent discussion on roads and traffic management on a residents’ online platform.

Engineer Bernard Musarurwa told the discussion that the solution to Harare’s traffic congestion was keeping through traffic particularly heavy goods vehicles away from the central business district. Eng Masururwa said the plans were there, it was just a matter of commitment to implement the proposals.

“There is a need to implement the 1998 detailed engineering designs of the missing links of the Harare Drive ring road from the Kirkman Road (now Solomon Mujuru Drive) at Warren Hills to the Gleneagles Road at Southerton and from Houghton Park through Mainway Meadows to the Seke Road and from Twentydales Road in Hatfield to Mutare Road at Msasa.

“The completion of the Harare Drive ring road will connect the major regional trunk roads including the Bulawayo Road, Chirundu Road, Bindura Road, Nyamapanda Road, Mutare Road, and the Masvingo Road, thus keeping the through traffic, especially the heavy goods vehicles, away from the CBD. Any developments built in the road servitude reserved in the 1957 physical layout plan for Harare will just have to be demolished,” said Eng Musarurwa.

He said an outer ring road is also now required to restrict traffic from the Greater Harare Metropolis as outlined in a 2013 feasibility study of the Harare Drive ring road.

“An outer ring road is now also required to circumscribe the Greater Harare Metropolis from the Manyame River, Churu, Granary, Mount Hampden, Christon Bank, Hatcliffe, Shawasha Hills, Caledonia, Damafalls, Mabvazuva, Ruwa, and Southview, to complete the ring, according to the 2013 feasibility study of the Harare Drive ring road,” he said.

Eng Musarurwa added that the Harare Drive ring road now also requires to be dualised to cater for and cope with the increased volumes of traffic using the ring road to avoid the congestion in the CBD.

Residents wondered why the City of Harare does not have a city traffic engineer to do the required planning for traffic management and urged the council to rethink its transport planning model.

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