Gobabis-Grootfontein road upgrade set in motion

05 Dec 2013 17:00pm
OKONDJATU, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - The second phase of the upgrading to bitumen standard of the Gobabis-Grootfontein road, which passes through Okondjatu in the Otjozondjupa Region, was launched on Thursday through a groundbreaking ceremony here.
The groundbreaking ceremony sets in motion construction work on the Trunk Road TR 14/2, which links the Omaheke and Otjozondupa Regions to each other.
It is expected to ease transport and travel along this route in the quest to open up the market for Namibians living along the path of the road to Northern Namibia, and vice versa.
Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob officiated at the event, and urged residents of Okondjatu, Otjinene and all other places where the soon-to-be-upgraded road passes through to take advantage of the economic opportunities offered by this upgrade.
He said the upgrading of the road will most likely provide positive economic spin-offs for the two regions, which locals ought to take advantage of.
“The economic inflow and development associated with this project will be a continuous trend. Many of you are struggling to find jobs, and this is why Government is investing in projects such as these not only to ease transport and accessibility, but to create jobs,” he stated.
The construction project will stimulate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) along the route, as a significant amount of services would be required by the main contractor.
“Ultimately, the success in realising projects such as these rest on our collective responsibility and patriotism,” Geingob noted.
The project, which is expected to take 30 months to complete, will employ about 300 people from areas along the path of the road.
The TR 14/2 road upgrade is an extension of the already-upgraded Gobabis-Otjinene road, which stretches over 157 kilometres (km).
That portion of the road was already upgraded and opened last year for road- users.
The current phase of the project will start approximately 3km outside Otjinene, and extends over 65km to Okondjatu.
From Okondjatu, the road passes through Okamatapati and Ongongoro before reaching Grootfontein.
The total distance of the road to be upgraded is estimated at 231km.
It will cost government about N.dollars 575 million.