17 Nov 2013 09:10am
GOBABIS, 17 NOV (NAMPA) The upgrading of the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road to bitumen standard, which is expected to ease transport and travel on this highly utilised gravel road in the Omaheke Region, is expected to start in mid-January 2014.
Gerson Karaerua of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) told stakeholders present in a briefing with the Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele on Friday that all has been put in place to allow for the start of the delayed project.
The RCC will be the main contractor on the job.
Karaerua said much of the road will be tarred from the current gravel road and no new diversions are expected on it, as was the case with the Otjinene road which had to be re-routed at most places.
The upgrade of the road is expected to employ at least 382 skilled and unskilled workers, and will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs from the region to offer support services such as laundry for the employees, security services and accommodation.
The C22 road to Aminuis has for long been a source of concern to motorists due to its current state, which has made travelling along the road a cumbersome and often dangerous undertaking.
The RCC has confirmed that all necessary safety measures will be put in place to ensure that the road, which passes through high density residential areas, does not endanger the lives of those who live along it.
Speed reduction measures will be placed at strategic positions along the road as we know that the road passes through villages, Karaerua said.
At most places, the design speed for the road will be 120km/h.
The road upgrade is expected to take between two to three years.
A total of 1 336km of gravel roads and 3 429km of tarred roads have been completed in the country since independence. Tarred roads completed include a 200km section of the Trans-Kalahari Highway; the 204km Kamanjab-Omakange Road; the 23km OshikukuOkalongo Road; the 370km Rundu-Siko-Nkurenkuru-Elundu Road, the rehabilitation of the 77km Okahandja-Karibib Road; the 56km Okahao-Outapi Road and the 140km Tsumeb-Tsintsabis-Katwitwi Road.