Mutare residents have appealed to road authorities to increase pace on the expansion of the 1.2 km two-way road stretch along the Mutare-Masvingo highway to ease traffic congestion into the Manicaland capital.

Government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development embarked on a project to expand a road stretch into a two way along Masvingo linking Mutare to ease congestion that is usually experienced during the peak hours of the day.

The increase in vehicles has seen police controlling traffic during the morning, even when traffic lights are operational to facilitate movement of more traffic volumes into town.

“We appeal for the road authorities to fast-track the construction of a two-way road network as traffic congestion is a major challenge especially during the morning when people are going to work and evenings when people are coming from work,” said one of the residents.

Manicaland Provincial Roads Engineer, Atherton Zindoga said the delay to conclude the project is due to shortage of road equipment that was diverted to focus on the Harare-Beitbridge road, but assured the residents that the project will be completed in the next three to four months.

Government is rehabilitating and tarring a number of roads in the province with the poor state of most roads exerting pressure on road authorities to complete the projects as scheduled.