Roads Directorate to rehabilitate roads

Roads Directorate to rehabilitate roads
Roads Directorate to rehabilitate roads

Africa-Press – Lesotho. THE Road Directorate will soon begin rehabilitating the Moshoeshoe Road and Kofi Annan roads in Maseru. A local contractor, Zutaru Lesotho, will supervise the work.

Moshoeshoe Road, which is four kilometres long starts at the Maseru main traffic circle and ends where it meets the Mpilo Boulevard at Ha-Hoohlo in Maseru West.

Kofi Annan Road meets with Moshoeshoe Road and Mpilo Boulevard making a cross junction and stretches for 20 kilometres to Masianokeng, south of Maseru.

The design project which took six months to complete has already been completed and the report has been handed over to the Roads Directorate. The tendering of the work for the two roads is yet to be issued for bidders.

Zutaru’s role was to do consulting services of pavement rehabilitation designs, pre-contract services, construction supervision and post construction of services.

The public relations manager at the Roads Directorate, Nosezolo Matela, said the two roads have been in existence for more than 20 years. And their design life has ended.

“We have been carrying maintenance of the roads and patching pot holes in the past. But that is no longer applicable and the roads need to be rehabilitated,” Matela said.

Matela said when the construction starts Zutaru will supervise the work of the incoming contractor on behalf of her organisation. “It is important for the designer to supervise the roads they have designed so that what is constructed is what has been designed,” Matela said.

She declined to reveal the cost of the rehabilitation of the roads. She said the designer has gathered how the traffic flow on those routes is because it is no longer the same as when the roads were first designed.

Matela said they have since realised that the two roads had to be rehabilitated but they could not do anything because they did not have the money. She said there are still some roads that need to be rehabilitated in the country but they (Roads Directorate) are frustrated by lack of funds.

Matela said they are aware of the public outcry regarding the poor state of roads which are full of potholes. She said they are unable to rehabilitate and maintain all the roads in the country because of limited funds.

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