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    Buhera RDC spends $42 650 on road maintenance


    MURAMBINDA - Buhera Rural District Council has spent $42 650 on the maintenance of three major dust roads in the district that had become almost impassable because of the damage suffered during the last rain season, Patrick Chingwende the rural district engineer has said.
    The Mirror was taken on a tour of the roads namely; Bangure – Mutasa, Hukuimwe-Chiurwi and Masasa-Chitengu. Engineer Chingwende said work on these roads included grading and rebuilding damaged structures like inverts and culverts.
    Council is working on a 45km stretch on Bangure – Mutasa Road and 18km of that has already been graded. Chingwende said that the council is also working on a 40m invert slab and a 2x600mm culvert on that same road and the invert slab is 25% complete and the culvert  50% complete. 
    Council chairman Ngoni Musakaruka said Bangure-Mutasa Road was neglected for a long time and the total budget on that road is $18 500. Ward 16 Councillor Thomas Matsenhura and villagers from the area are assisting with maintenance work.
    Grading of Hukuimwe-Chiurwi road which started in March this year is now complete with the main structure (the Sanga crossing) 95% complete
    Hukuimwe-Chiurwi Road had the highest budget at $21 650. Sanga crossing which was washed away by the rains chewed the biggest chunk of that budget, according to Ward 32 councillor Sulpicious Nyikadzino. The damage to the road is so bad that it has gullies that are three metres deep and in some places vehicles could not pass.
    Nyikadzino hailed villagers for taking their time to work on the road.
    Grading on Masasa-Chitengu Road covers 20km and it is complete. The budget was $2 500. 
    Engineer Chingwende said there are many other roads that are still to be attended to but the handicap is that the local authority is using just one grader.
    "The council is not only working on just those three roads. We will make sure all roads in the different wards are attended to because as council we want people to travel safely," said Chingwende.
    He said Council's target is to complete maintenance work on  219km of roads by the end of the year. news

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