CoW spent over N.dollars 2 million on replacing traffic lights in 2018

15 Jan 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek spent N.dollars 2.5 million on replacing traffic lights damaged in accidents last year.
The City of Windhoek’s Manager of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Harold Akwenye on Monday told Nampa money meant for other projects was used for some repairs as the culprits were never caught to be held accountable for such payments.
“Repair costs are high and it is not always that the information of the person that caused the damage is available,” said Akwenye.
The average cost for a traffic light is about N.dollars 8 000 but it could cost as much as N. dollars 17 300. The complete installation could go up to N.dollars 400 000.
“These costs can even be higher in future,” Akwenye added.
The three intersections that are most prone to such accidents are that of Independence Avenue and the Western Bypass near the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and David Hosea Meroro Road and Independence Avenue and Hans Dietrich-Genscher Street.
Akwenye pointed out that although there is an operational budget, it is meant for routine maintenance and the upgrading of traffic light installations, as well as for replacing old controllers that become absolute as spare parts that are not available on the market have to be replaced with the newer technology on the market.
Expenditure catered for in the operational budget includes replacing, repairing and upgrading items due to normal wear and tear, he said.