15 Oct 2013 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 OCT (NAMPA) The Roads Authority (RA) of Namibia will upgrade three bridges between Rehoboth and Mariental to Southern African Development Community (SADC) standards in order to ensure safety for motorists.
The bridges to be rehabilitated are the Mansguber River Bridge, Tsumis River Bridge and Tributary to Rooidam Bridge, all on Trunk Road 01/4 between Rehoboth and Mariental in the Hardap Region.
The bridges, which are currently in dilapidated conditions, will be rehabilitated at a cost of N.dollars 47 million.
Construction work will provide jobs to about 100 residents from the two towns.
Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Kilus Nguvauva is expected to do the ground-breaking ceremony of the rehabilitation work on Wednesday near Rehoboth.
Techononam Roads and Bridges won the tender to upgrade the bridges, while a joint venture of consulting engineers from Ulman, Withaus, Prince (UWP) and Engelbrecht will supervise the project.
Briefing the media on Tuesday, the RA's Chief Executive Officer Conrad Lutombi explained that in 2008, the government instructed RA to investigate and assess all existing bridges and culvert structures in Namibia.
Amongst others, the outcome of the assessment identified the structures between Rehoboth and Mariental as being in a dilapidated condition, and recommended the rehabilitation of those structures, said Lutombi.
I am looking forward to the successful completion of this project on time, without compromising quality, he urged the contractor.
The restoration of the bridges is expected to be completed in October 2014.