Bulawayo residents have decried the deplorable state of access roads in the western suburbs that has led to public transporters shunning the zones.

Most roads that were constructed during the colonial era have yielded to age and are no longer user friendly to the motoring public.

Dismayed residents said the deplorable roads has resulted in kombis and other forms of public transport shunning their areas, thus exposing them to the mercy of ruthless thieves especially at night.

Contacted for comment Bulawayo City Council Mayor Councillor Solomon Mguni said the local authority is seized with attempts to address the situation.

“We as Bulawayo City Council are facing a big problem. More than 70 percent of our road infrastructure are beyond their lifespan.

“By right these roads are now not fit to be used. We have rolled out a programme of surfacing the city’s major roads which links the CBD, public institutions like clinics and schools.

“If resources permit we are going to scrap damaged tar strips in our access roads and grade them with gravel,” said Councillor Mguni.

Bulawayo has 2 065km of roads with about 10 km gravelled.