!Naruseb warns against damage to public roads

16 Sep 2016 10:30am
EENHANA, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – The cost of upgrading roads to bitumen standard has increased tremendously to around N.dollars 4 million per kilometre, the Minister of Works and Transport has said.
Alpheus !Naruseb said this at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region where he officially inaugurated the Oshigambo-Eenhana Main Road (MR) 121 on Wednesday.
The 48 kilometre (km) Oshigambo-Eenhana MR 121 road was upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard at a cost of N.dollars 190 million.
The project started in February 2014 and was completed in September last year.
Because of the high costs in bitumen standard road construction and maintenance, !Naruseb called on all road users to refrain from overloading their vehicles.
“I want to appeal to heavy vehicle drivers and owners to load their vehicles within the legal weight limit to preserve our roads,” the Works and Transport Minister said.
He also bemoaned the conduct of some drivers who allegedly overload their trucks and avoid weigh bridges where cargo vehicles are weighed to prevent overloading on the public road.
Speaking at the same event, Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi said remarkable progress has been made on the upgrading of district road (DR) 3609 Oshakati-Omungwelume and the project is expected to be completed next month.
Oshakati-Omungwelume DR 3609 is a road of some 38km and is being upgraded from gravel road to bitumen standard since last year at the cost of N.dollars 229 million by Zhongmei Engineering Group - a Chinese construction company.
According to Lutombi, construction of the 34km MR 120 from Okatana in the Oshana Region through Endola and up to Onhuno settlement in the Ohangwena Region is also progressing well.
It is also being upgraded to bitumen standard and is set to be completed early next year.