Roads Authority launches Road Referencing System

13 Apr 2016 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) – The Roads Authority (RA) has introduced a Road Referencing System (RRS).
The RRS, which was officially launched by the Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb on Wednesday is a computerised location referencing system for the road network of Namibia.
In his keynote address, the minister said the RRS is fully operational and has already proven itself in the management of the approximately 48 000 kilometre national road network.
“It is also operated as a sub-system of the Integrated Road Management System (IRMS) of the Roads Authority and this is a unique provision that took Namibia to the forefront of a road asset management system’s development and implementation,” !Naruseb said.
He also announced the minimisation of transport costs, saying it is now quantified with the latest data available.
“The road management system is set up to provide both a preservation strategy using best practice in Namibia and an economic strategy using highway development and management software.”
Roads Management System Divisional Manager Sophie Tekie said the main function of the RRS, which was a four-year-long project, is to provide the Roads Authority with one process through which all network features, attributes and data may be referenced.
“The aim is to provide an integrated road referencing system,” Tekie stated.
The RRS is also linked to a geographic information system maintaining all spatial information related to the Namibian road network, enabling visual display and mapping of all roads and related features in the RRS.
Tekie also added that the Roads Authority is working towards cheaper but good quality roads for Namibia.