10 Dec 2013 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) The upgrade of trunk road 1/6 between Windhoek and Okahandja into a modern dual carriageway commenced on Monday.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony near Brakwater, about 15 kilometres north of Windhoek.
Pohamba said the country is taking methodical steps every day towards socio-economic development, building a better society, improving the living conditions of all people, and eradicating poverty, especially in rural and peri-urban areas.
The launching of the upgrade represents yet another step in our march towards the development, expansion and modernisation of physical and communications infrastructure in our country, said the president.
He emphasised the significance of the development, saying it will improve the flow of traffic between Windhoek and Okahandja, enhance safety on this vital and busy stretch of road, which also forms part of the important Walvis Bay Corridor.
This road is a major artery for trade and commerce in our country, he said.
In addition to the dual carriage way, plans are also underway to upgrade the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport road, Windhoek to Rehoboth road, Swakopmund to Wavis Bay road, and the Omuthiya to Ongwediva road to dual carriageways.
A pedestrian bridge on the Windhoek Western Bypass will also be constructed.
The road between Windhoek and Okahandja has witnessed many accidents over the years due to heavy traffic, especially during peak hours.
Road users traveling between Windhoek and the coastal part of Namibia, as well as those traveling to the north and north-eastern parts of the country also make use of this road.
The Head of State noted that he remains concerned about the high rate of motor vehicle accidents on roads, and urged road users to observer and obey the rules of the road at all times.
Too many lives have been lost in vehicle accidents. We hope that the upgrading of this road will address this serious problem once completed, Pohamba said.
He urged motorists to desist from driving while under the influence of alcohol, and to respect fellow road users.
All road users should become part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and make a positive difference, the president demanded, adding that road safety is the responsibility of each and every road user.
He urged all institutions involved in the projects to ensure that the final products comply with the highest standards of quality.