Zinara Calls for Cement in Road Construction
By Nyasha Chingono
THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) is pushing for the adoption of concrete cement as a possible alternative for asphalt to ensure longevity of the country’s road infrastructure that has deteriorated over the years.
Zimbabwe currently uses asphalt, a product of bitumen, for the top road surface, material that is prone to bleeding and quickly succumbs to heavy traffic if contractors do not engage in soil stabilisation techniques.
Speaking to Financial Gazette’s Property News during a Lafarge Roads Capacity Building Workshop held in Harare last week, ZINARA’s board chairman, Albert Mugabe, said concrete was a suitable alternative for asphalt and road planners should also look into other materials which could assist in stabilising the country’s 90 000-kilometre road network.