19 Apr 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) - Section three of the dual-carriageway which begins from Brakwater to Dobra River between Windhoek and Okahandja has been completed.
The upgrade of the 10 kilometre long dual-carriageway started in January 2014 and was completed in December 2016.
Roads Authority (RA) of Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi told a media briefing on Wednesday the completed section was renamed A1 from B1 in accordance with the RA and Ministry of Works and Transport standards.
He said the standards state that all freeways should be A, with a change in colour of road signs from green to blue as a requirement for freeways, adding that the public can expect more freeways of this nature.
The public can expect more A roads like the Windhoek-Hosea Kutako Airport Road, Walvis Bay-Swakopmund Road and Omuthiya-Ongwediva [Road]. These roads will all be upgraded to freeway standards, said Lutombi.
The completed section consists of two new crossing points at Dobra south and north, where all the interchanges consist of a freeway that underpasses the main freeway leading to the nearby municipal network.
The project cost N.dollars 335 million which was provided by the Road Fund Administration through a German funding agency, KfW, loan.
Lutombi said the completion of Section three will form part of an important link of two economic hubs, Windhoek and the Port of Walvis Bay, destined to become a formal Southern African Development Community port.
He further reported on the rehabilitation and upgrade of Section 4A which started in January last year and comprises the road between Dobra River and Omakunde cross points, saying it was progressing well.
Seven kilometres of the section is expected to be completed by the end of June this year while its total completion is envisioned for January 2019.
Meanwhile, Lutombi said the RA will engage Government to extend the freeway till Otjiwarongo with a possibility of reaching Otavi since this is where a lot of road crashes occur.