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Esigodini Tollgate nears completion

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration is almost completing the resurfacing of the Esigodini Tollgate in a bid to reduce congestion.

The development comes as motorists have complained about congestion at the Esigodini Tollgate along the Bulawayo-Beibridge highway.

Last year, the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) said it needs about US$22 million to upgrade all temporary tollgates countrywide to improve revenue collection.

Zinara public relations and marketing manager Mr Tendai Mugabe told BusinessMail that Zinara was also going to increase lanes at the tollgates.

“The Esigodini Tollgate resurfacing by the department of roads is almost complete.

“Congestion is going to ease because we are now going to have more lanes and this will allow us to create dedicated lanes depending on one’s preferred mode of payment,” he said.
He said there were plans to expand tollgate infrastructure.

“Yes plans are underway to expand tollgate infrastructure and this year we are targeting seven tollgates including Esigodini Tollgate,” he said .

Speaking during a post cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa the cabinet agreed on upgrading roads on highways.

“Cabinet agreed that a sixth contractor to implement the upgrading of the Harare-Chirundu Highway along the North-South Corridor be engaged to immediately commence work. This development will complement the work already taking place along the Harare-Beitbridge Highway. The Ministry seeks to undertake routine road maintenance on 9 600 kilometers by 2025,”she said.

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