Completion of dual-carriageway expected in September

06 Mar 2019 23:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) - Completion of the construction of section 4A of the dual carriageway on the Windhoek-Okahandja B1 road is expected by September this year.
The section, which covers about 27 kilometres, starts at the Okapuka River and ends at the Omakunde River.
This was revealed by Road Authority's Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi, during a site visit by Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, of the main road projects of the Roads Authority namely; the Windhoek-Okahandja road and the Windhoek-Hosea Kutako Airport project.
Section 4B of the dual carriageway construction is expected to commence after, and will cover a distance of 1 kilometre from the Omakunde River to Okahandja.
The construction of the Windhoek-Okahandja road upgrade to dual carriageway (Section 4 A) was awarded to the CMC/Otesa joint venture at a contracted amount of N.dollars 1.08 billion, with work commencing in January 2016 and completion initially estimated to be 36 months.
The upgrade of this section includes the construction of three new river bridges, widening of existing bridges, the construction of four new diamond interchanges and the construction of a 5km district road that runs almost parallel to this road and 8.5km gravel link road.
CMC is an Italian company and has 70 per cent of shares in the joint venture, while Otesa is a Namibian company with 30 per cent shares.
Mutorwa said the tender for the next phase would be advertised at an appropriate time.
He also placed emphasis on the Procurement Act, urging member of the Public Procurement Board to avoid “unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks” which results in the delay of projects.
“It is also important for members of the public procurement board to physically go out and look at the projects” and familiarise themselves with such projects.
Mutorwa said road construction is meant to connect the country both regionally and internationally in terms of mobility and transportation of goods and services.
Through the road infrastructure, the country is interconnected and also connected to other Southern African Development Community countries, he added.
The dual carriageway will improve the flow of traffic between Windhoek and Okahandja and promote development of the country through inter-regional trade, the RA said.