The Institute of Project Management (IPM) yesterday told the Zimbabwe National Road Administration to effectively maintain the Harare International Airport road for it to reach its expected 20-year lifespan.
Speaking during a tour of the Airport Road project yesterday, IPM chief executive Mr Peter Banda commended ZINARA for a job well done in successfully implementing the fundamentals of project management. IPM were the project advisors.
“From an assessment point of view this is a flagship project and it should now be up to ZINARA to periodically maintain the road for it to withstand its 20-year lifespan. In terms of implementation of the project and initiation ZINARA was successful.
“We looked at all the documentations and the quality of the project and we have concluded that maintenance should be their top priority now,” said Mr Banda.
Phase one of the project has already been completed with some protection works of the road still outstanding.
Government last year directed that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development through ZINARA take over the construction of the 15km stretch of the Harare International Airport road after a contractor had failed to execute the within the given timelines.
Transport Ministry and ZINARA officials who attended the tour said the road, if not well maintained, will only have a 10-year lifespan. At present protection works are ongoing to make sure drainage systems are correct.
They said phase two of the project would only commence after they had received a directive from their superiors.
“Protection works are ongoing and we see phase two as a strategic project as it will go a long way in addressing congestion especially along Seke Road and Chiremba Road.
“We will only start working on phase two once we have received a directive from our superiors,” said a ministry official.
Phase one of the road project, which commenced six years ago, is supposed to be completed by December this year.