Du Plessis-Epukiro road upgrade in next financial year

29 Jan 2018 11:50am
GOBABIS, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – Work on the upgrading of the Du Plessis-Epukiro road in the Omaheke Region is expected to commence during the 2018/19 financial year, the Roads Authority (RA) has said.
RA Corporate Communication Manager, Hileni Fillemon told Nampa on Monday the detailed design of the project is expected to be completed during the same financial year, which will pave the way for the start of construction once funds are made available by Government.
“Tender evaluation has been completed and the consultancy tender was awarded to Element Consulting Engineering for N.dollars 18 145 937 for detailed design and supervision of the project,” she said.
The Namibian Government financial year starts in April 2018 and ends in March the following year.
Fillemon said the construction period of the project will be determined after the detailed design is completed and a contractor is appointed.
She however added that most projects of this nature (upgrading to bitumen standard) are completed over a period of 36 months depending on the availability of funds, length of the road and performance of the contractor.
The existing gravel road, which stretches for 47 kilometres, will be upgraded to bitumen standard.
This road links to the trunk road 14/2: Gobabis – Otjinene.
The two roads were re-classified from district roads to main roads that serve Epukiro Constituency as well as Eiseb in the Otjombinde Constituency.
“This project reflects an action to implement the Rural Area Road Development Policy of the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Rural Access Development Programme embedded in the Medium to Long Term Roads Master Plan and focused on previously neglected rural areas,” Fillemon said.
The project is funded by the Namibian Government.