The road infrastructure in Matabeleland North province is set for a major facelift after $32 million has been set aside by the Department of Roads for the construction of roads.
The Matabeleland North province has a 2 950 kilometre road network with 1 405 kilometres tarred, 1 278 kilometres with gravel, and 265 kilometres as earth roads.
The province has 15 units for road management and maintenance purposes, and only five are said to be functional, resulting in a number of areas needing sprucing up.
Matabeleland North Provincial Roads Engineer, Engineer Steven Kamutema, revealed that a total of 53,5 km was set for new black top roads construction at a cost of $32 million.
Some of the works include the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road, Bulawayo-Nkayi road which will undergo a high-level sealing from the 44th – 53rd km pegs, 12km of the Bulawayo – Tsholotsho road at a cost of $6 million as well as the construction of a $15 million, 15km low cost sealed road along the Lupane – Nkayi road.