Concerns raised over dual carriageway construction

15 Nov 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – Some Windhoek residents and business owners have expressed concerns over challenges related to accessing their properties due to the construction of the dual carriageway freeway to the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).
These are residents and business owners from suburban areas such as Prosperita, Olympia, Academia and Pioneers Park. They expressed their disapproval and frustrations at a stakeholders’ meeting facilitated by environmentalist, Rian du Toit and Ben Boshoff, the lead engineer for the project here on Tuesday.
The meeting was aimed at informing business and property owners affected by the construction of the freeway about matters such as access planning, layout of the freeway system, as well as to discuss general concerns in respect of construction work and operational requirements.
The aggrieved residents also expressed unhappiness over the financial impact the construction, which is in the first of three phases, has on their businesses.
The particular stretch of road where construction is currently underway runs from the road leading to the Kupferberg Pass in an easterly direction towards the Rehoboth traffic circle. From there Trunk Road (TR) 9/1 will keep running eastward as a new road passing Olympia, until it reaches the future extension of Sam Nujoma Drive south of Avis on the road to the HKIA.
Other issues brought up were the potential noise pollution and property damage by tractors and explosives during the construction work within close proximity of residential areas.
City of Windhoek, Roads Authority and the Ministry of Works and Transport officials will hold a meeting this week in order to find amicable solutions and answers to the questions and complaints raised at the meeting.
The dual carriageway freeway project will upgrade the TR9/1 road from Windhoek to the HKIA and costs about N.dollars 800 million during the first phase, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.