Masauko Chipembere Highway to be closed from 27th May

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The Blantyre City Council will from Thursday May 28th close Masauko Chipembere Highway from Yiannakis roundabout to Standard Bank in Limbe.

The highway to close from Yiannaks roundabout to Standard Bank in Limbe The highway to close from Yiannaks roundabout to Standard Bank in Limbe

According to a press release from the council the decision has been taken after noting that congestion and parking of vehicles along the segment of the road under construction is greatly affecting progress of the works as the contractor is failing to bring heavy machinery on the site.

'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).' Reads the statement.

The Council further said 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 statement further read that 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.

Meanwhile the following changes have been made to ease traffic flow that will be caused by the closure;

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 has further warned motorists to avoid parking their vehicles in the construction area.
'Anybody found parking a vehicle in this area will be prosecuted by the Council.'

Meanwhile, Blantyre City Council has appealled for patience as the project aims at easing traffic flow in the City.

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