Mbudzi roundabout closes as upgrade begins

Online Desk |  3 weeks ago | local

The Mbudzi Roundabout in Harare will be closed for one and half years to enable the construction of a traffic interchange to proceed with minimum disruptions. 

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Felix Mhona gave a notice to close the roundabout in a Statutory Instrument published in a Government Gazette last Friday. 

According to the SI , some of the roads to be closed to allow construction of the interchange include those that constitute the four legs into Mbudzi traffic circle for a distance 15 kilometres from the centre line of the traffic circle on all four legs with a road reserve of 70 metres from the road centre line and on either side. 

Construction of detours is already at an advanced stage as most of the alternative roads have been tarred, giving comfort to motorists who ply the routes. 

The roundabout is at the intersection of Simon Mazorodze, Chitungwiza and High Glen roads that feed traffic from western Chitungwiza and many old and new Harare suburbs into Harare City Centre as well as the heavy national and regional traffic on the Harare-Masvingo highway.

Construction work started in 2021 at the roundabout which had been a major choke-point of southern harare before government committed resources to turn it into an interchange as the second republic continues to upgrade infrastructure to cope with modern demands and trends.