Norton road over the Rail Bridge along the Harare-Bulawayo highway is near completion by 90 percent and will harness safety and convenience along the highway which connects Harare to other cities and the region.

Several infrastructure projects which have been dormant over the years are being resuscitated, with new ones completely being rolled out as government identified infrastructure as the backbone of economic development.

Vice President Mohadi toured the project this Wednesday where he said the iconic project is a resemblance of the government’s commitment to develop the economy.

“Road network remains key in any country’s economic development in the movement of goods and people, hence the critical need to invest in infrastructure development to allow for the attainment of an upper middle income country come 2030,” he said.

Cde Mohadi added that they regret looking down upon local companies who have massive potential in carrying out such infrastructure projects.

“You can imagine that this project is being undertaken by a local contractor and what we have learnt is that these foreign companies come with a lot of expectations, but lack the necessary financing just like Geiger,” he added.

The local contractor, Bitumen World’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andre Zietsman encouraged government to prioritise local companies to save foreign currency.

“We have undertaken this project in a record time and we call upon government to give us a chance as we possess all the requirements to do this project,” said Mr Zeitsman.

Meanwhile, the Vice President took the opportunity to check progress on the dualisation of the Harare-Bulawayo road which is being done in phases by the Department of Roads under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.