The Roads Authority (RA) says it will at any time, without any further notice, embark on a programme to clear objects deemed to have encroached within the road reserve without any compensation.
In a statement signed by RA chief executive officer Emmanuel Matapa, the authority says such malpractices continue to negatively affect the care, maintenance and construction of the road network at the expense to the country’s economy.
According to the statement, RA has since constructed Road Reserve Boundary (RRB) marker posts on most public roads throughout the country to create public awareness of existing boundaries and help to discourage the public from encroaching, an exercise which is ongoing until all designated roads are covered.
“The negative effects of vandalism have compromised safety, leading to avoidable road accidents hence loss of lives and property, road closures due to bridge or culvert damage, interference with road aesthetics and high costs of replacement,” reads in part the statement.
According to the Public Roads Act, the width of the road reserve is 60 metres for main roads, 36 metres for secondary, tertiary and district roads and 18 metres for branch, estate and urban roads.