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Rains force contractors to revisit rehabilitated roads in Kwekwe.

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Contractors that rehabilitated roads in Kwekwe have been forced to revisit their work after rains damaged some of the completed roads, according to the Kwekwe City Council.

The contractors are remobilising resources to go back on the ground to repair the roads, while some have already commenced the “remedial works,” the local authority has said.

“The road (vendors` market) is finished on some portions, the reconstruction or resealing is done then there is a portion which is yet to be resealed and the contractor is on the site to finish off the remaining portions and so do remedial works on areas which showed some defects during the onset of the rains,” said Engineer John Mhike, the Kwekwe City Director of Works.

He added: “Also as we speak now the other contractors are remobilising and coming back to do the work which was on standstill, namely in Mvuma road, the contractor there has some work. The contractor doing Colbar street and Bessemer Street is also remobilising.”

Eng. Mhike said some of the roads under rehabilitation were now trafficable, that include, Vendors` market road and Kaguvi street. He said the contractor rehabilitating Kaguvi Street was back on the site “remedying” the damage caused by rains.

“Among the three (roads), the contractor is doing, Railway Avenue is certified ready to use,” he said.

Some of the roads are being rehabilitated under the government`s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP), while others are being done by the city council under its routine maintenance.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Felix Mhona last month visited Kwekwe to inspect the roads after the local authority’s councillors had condemned the work done by contractors engaged to carry out the exercise.

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