Blantyre City Council (BCC) has today Thursday May 28, 2015 closed the Masauko Chipembere Highway from Yiannaks Roundabout to Standard Bank in Limbe to pave way for smooth rehabilitation works currently underway.
BCC Public Relations Officer Anthony Kasunda disclosed in a statement released on Wednesday, saying the decision has been taken after noting the congestion and parking of vehicles along the segment of the road under construction.
Kasunda said the development was greatly affecting progress of the works as the contractor is failing to bring heavy machinery on the site.
“It should be appreciated that the Contractor of the Phase III of Masauko Chipembere Highway Rehabilitation Project, World Kaihatsu Kogyo Company Limited, has strict deadlines to complete the project by November this year.
“The contractor has expressed fears that any continued disturbances would delay the completion of the project hence the decision to take such measures which we are fully aware may inconvenience a lot of people. But it should be understood that this is for a short period while the benefits from the project will be enjoyed for a long time,” reads in part the statement.
He added: “Following the complete closure of this segment of the Highway, the Churchill Road, (from Standard Bank to Illovo roundabout) will be opened to two way traffic (vehicles moving in both directions).
Below are the changes that have been made as a result of the closure of the Chipembere High Way.
1. Harper Road that runs from Mpingwe via Bangwe (Namatapa) to Mnthandizi will be fully utilized by light vehicles going and leaving Limbe (optional) while trucks from Mulanje via both Bangwe and Chigumula will proceed to and leave Limbe as usual.
2. Upon reaching Illovo roundabout, vehicles will have to take Chiwembe/Raiply road and take a right turn to go into the earth road leading to Limbe Police Station to proceed into Dalton Road or Market Street to Standard Bank. In this case, it will be one-way traffic on both Limbe Police Station earth road and Market Street to Standard Bank.
While the contractor is in the process of fixing road signs, Traffic Police would be in all the strategic places to direct motorists to avoid further inconveniences. The Council further advises motorists to avoid parking their vehicles in the construction area. Anybody found parking a vehicle in this area will be prosecuted by the Council.
The Council is appealing to members of the public and motorists in particular to strictly observe the road signs and directions.
Blantyre City Council regrets any inconvenience these changes may cause but it is appealing for patience as the project aims at easing traffic flow in our City.