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Residents commend BCC for road rehabilitation

Some residents of Bulawayo have commended the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) for rehabilitating roads in the city centre.

The local authority is reconstructing George Silundika Road, a project which Corporate Communications Manager Nesisa Mpofu said will cost approximately US $800,000 in response to questions sent to her.

“The scope of works stretches from L. Takawira to First Avenue and comprises pavement reconstructions, pothole patching, asphalt overlays, reinstatement of road markings, repairs of street lighting, and other general maintenance cyclical works,” she said.

Mpofu added that following the completion of George Silundika Street, the next roads earmarked for rehabilitation are Lobengula Street, Fort Street, and Herbert Chitepo Street.

“While sections of George Silundika Street will be temporarily closed, the public and motorists are advised to use alternative routes as indicated by road signs and instructions from road workers. Please adhere to all traffic signs and instructions and exercise caution and drive safely in the construction zones,” she said.

Mpofu stated that every effort has been made to minimize disruption to traffic, businesses, and residents.

“However, the road closure will inevitably cause some disruption, and for this, the City of Bulawayo wishes to apologise. Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted,” she said.

In an interview with CITE, a resident Mandla Mhlanga said the road construction is a sign of development in the city.

“In my opinion, this is development in the city. Vehicles were struggling to navigate this street due to potholes. We appreciate the council for the road works. As pedestrians, we will also benefit,” she said.

Another resident Memory Ncube also applauded the local authority and urged them to continue the road works in other areas.

“We also wish the city could be kept clean as well. This is beautiful,” she said.

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