THE CITY of Gweru has begun installing solar-powered traffic lights in a bid to ease congestion and road accidents in the central business district.
Assistant town clerk Tapiwa Marerwa said the project would result in the reduction of traffic accidents caused by malfunctioning traffic lights due to persistent power cuts.
Marerwa said the traffic lights will be installed at different intersections in the city.
“Work to install solar-powered traffic lights has begun and we hope the process will be finished in a few months’ time.
“We are targeting 16 intersections in the city and once the installation is complete we expect a smooth flow of traffic in the central business district,” Marerwa said.
The project is expected to cost about $500 000.
Workmen were busy installing traffic light poles along 6th Street next to Chicken Inn on Friday.
They were also digging at other selected intersections along the same street.
Motorists told Southern Eye they were happy with the project saying it would ensure smooth traffic flow in the city.
“This is commendable and I am happy they started with this intersection at Chicken Inn.
“It has been notorious for many accidents,” a motorist James Maseko said.