19 Sep 2013 04:50
RUNDU, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - The Rundu Town Council is upgrading one of the busiest streets in this north-eastern town from gravel to bitumen standards.
The upgrading of the road linking Markus Siwarongo Street to Independence Avenue comes as a relief for most motorists here, who blame the state of the road for damages to their vehicles.
Some residents along the street have complained that the gravel road also poses a health risk to residents as the heavy traffic on the road causes very dusty conditions.
The town council awarded the tender for the upgrading of the road to the John Paul Santos (JPS) Investment Company.
The tender forms part of the N.dollars 11,3 million allocated for the upgrading of 34 other gravel roads to bitumen standards by this construction company, which is based at Rundu.
The 1,3 kilometre road starts at the junction at the Rundu Magistrates Court up to the junction at the Rundu Secondary School.
Rundu Town Council Public Relations Officer Benjamin Makayi told Nampa on Thursday that the upgrading of the road will include the installation of some drainage facilities.
Once physical construction commences next week, the road will be closed, and this will affect residents and four schools situated along the road as they will not have direct access to and from their premises, while traffic will also be disrupted.
Makayi thus urged road users and residents to be cautious, and to use alternative routes while construction is in progress.
We hope the disruption will be short-lived, and that the end-results will benefit the greater communities of Rundu, the spokesperson noted.
He furthermore indicated that the upgrading of the road will be completed by December this year, but did not rule out the possibility of minor delays.
In May last year, the Rundu Town Council inaugurated another road, which was upgraded from gravel to tar at a cost of N.dollars 4,7 million through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment-creation and Economic Growth (TIPEEG).
The upgraded Maria Mwengere Street links up with Independence Avenue in the centre of town.
About N.dollars 800 million was allocated to the entire Kavango Region under TIPEEG.