Windhoek-Okahandja road upgrade progressing well - RA

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) - Progress has been made in laying the ground work for the construction of the dual carriageway between Windhoek and Okahandja, with the clearing of land already in progress.
The Roads Authority Company (RA) Corporate Communications Officer, Ndahafa Nakwafila, informed Nampa upon enquiry on Thursday that although the actual construction is yet to start on section three of the project, land has already been cleared for the envisaged carriageway.
She said that it has however been problematic to obtain approval from landowners of land which falls within the boundaries of the project, in order to remove waste material from their land to make way for constructions.
The RA is overseeing the project, while the Grinaker-LTA is the appointed contractor for the project.
In order to upgrade the Windhoek-Okahandja road to freeway standards, the road was subdivided into four sections, which will be constructed in phases.
Section Two of the dual carriageway construction, which is currently a dual carriageway between Sam Nujoma Drive and Brakwater, will be repaired to extend its lifespan for 30 more years.
“The distance completion of the construction of the project will be determined only after all major works are completed, that is the seal work, signage and road marking,” she said.
Last year, local sub-contractors who were contracted by the main contractor Grinaker-LTA encountered problems at the start of the project.
The sub-contractors alleged that the main contractor in the project was using foreign trucks for the project instead of those provided by the sub-contractors.
Nakwafila said the issue was resolved but did not disclose details to the resolution.
The project for the construction of the dual-carriageway is estimated to cost N.dollars 239 million but according to the RA, the costs is likely to increase because of the addition of a second interchange with ramps and provisions of the service roads.
The RA will however only disclose the total cost of the project once the increase in cost is known, Nakwafila said.
She added that once construction of Section three has been completed, the construction of Section four will commence.
Section Four continues with the freeway all the way to Okahandja, passing Okahandja via the Okahandja Western Bypass, linking the existing road to Otjiwarongo and Karibib.
“The next section (Section 4) to the north of the Dobra River is scheduled to go out on tender in July 2015 and the cost will only be known once the successful contractor has been appointed,” she said.
In order to upgrade the Windhoek-Okahandja road to freeway standards, the road was subdivided into four sections, which will be constructed in phases.
Section Two of the dual carriageway construction, which is currently a dual carriageway between Sam Nujoma Drive and Brakwater, will be repaired to extend its lifespan for 30 more years.
In addition to the dual carriageway, upgrade on the Windhoek - Hosea Kutako International Airport road; Windhoek to Rehoboth road; Swakopmund to Walvis Bay road, and the Omuthiya to Ondangwa road into dual carriageways is also underway.
(NAMPA)
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