Manzini-Mbadlane Road Project
- Reference: P-SZ-DB0-012
- Approval date: 28/05/2014
- Start date: 02/06/2015
- Appraisal Date: 28/02/2014
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF WORKS - COMMUNICATIONS
- Location: Swaziland Mid Region
The project scope comprises upgrade from existing two-lane single carriageway to two-lane dual carriageway with controlled or limited access to local traffic. The project also includes a network of 2-lane single carriageway access roads along the main alignment with controlled interchanges. The project components are as follows: a.Civil Works:Involve realignment and widening of the existing carriageway, bridge and drainage works, installation of road furniture, new interchanges and intersections and relocation of utilities. The pavement is of asphaltic concrete construction. Implementation of environmental and social measures will be an integrated part of the works. b.Consulting Services: Comprises design review; pre-construction services (procurement support); construction supervision; technical and financial audits. c.Compensation: deployment of measures for the compensation and resettlement of Project Affected People (PAP) identified in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) d. capacity Building: Training programme
The Government has prioritised this 30km section to improve traffic flow through the urban areas thus reduce transport cost for urban traffic, facilitate urban development and provide easy access to the new airport. The upgrade significantly improves the functionality of the road infrastructure to accommodate increasing commercial traffic servicing economic and industrial centres and intra-regional trade traffic between neighbouring Mozambique and South Africa
The existing road is paved and in poor condition with failure of pavement structure in some sections. The VOC along this route has been estimated as 3.18 E/Km for cars and 18.88 E/Km for heavy vehicles and expected to increase by about 20% when the new airport starts operations in 2014 (expected). The proposed upgrade will achieve a design speed of 100kph from current theoretical design speed of 60mph with an expected 50% reduction in travel time along the section. An improved road condition implies time and VOC savings for all traffic. Time saving will be significant to the urban and semi-urban traffic. Traffic servicing logistics sectors industrial centres (trucks) will also benefit significantly in VOC savings.
The major economic benefits of improving the road include: (1) reduced maintenance cost to government; (2) savings to road users; (3) reduced traffic accidents; and (4) increased economic activities on the MR3 corridor. Associated urban development giving rise to new commercial activities will create new job opportunities.
Along the project axis, there are a number of agro-processing factories and other industrial firms such as sugar mills, maize mills, and orange factories. Part of the major economic benefits of upgrading this road would yield an increase in regional trade. Swaziland is ranked third (on volume) in the SADC region on intra-regional trade with its main market being South Africa and the MR3 is the main artery linking the borders of South African and Mozambique. To the east, the MR3 provides access for Swaziland exports to international destinations. It is a major route for transporting mining commodities.
KATALA Jumbe Naligia - OITC2