27 Mar 2019 11:30am
GROOTFONTEIN, 27 MAR (NAMPA) Actual construction work to upgrade and expand the B8 road at Grootfontein from a single drive to a dual carriageway started in earnest on Monday with the relocation of business services and traffic lights at the town.
The Corporate Communications Manager at the Roads Authority (RA), Hileni Fillemon on Tuesday told Nampa in an e-mail that the upgrading work on the 1.6-kilometre portion of the B8 road, which passes through the towns central business district, is continuing as planned.
General construction activities on the road started in January this year and the work should be completed in August 2019, Fillemon said.
At completion, the new dual carriageway would cover a total distance of 3.2 kilometres in length.
The project is funded jointly by the Grootfontein Municipality and the Road Fund Administration (RFA), at a cost of over N.dollars 54 million, which includes the cost of road designs and construction supervision.
The widening of this section was necessitated by the increase of traffic due to the completion of the TR 14/2 road from Gobabis to Grootfontein and the deterioration of the existing pavement structure, said Fillemon.
China Henan International Cooperation Group is the contractor - the same company that built the 391-kilometre stretch of tarred road between Gobabis and Grooftontein from December 2013 to March 2018.
The RA spokesperson stated that the Grootfontein dual carriageway will have an extended lifespan of 20 years once completed, offering great improvements in the flow of traffic through the town.
Many heavy-duty trucks transporting goods from South Africa and heading to Zambia or Angola now make use of the Gobabis-Grootfontein trunk road, adding to the high traffic volume of vehicles passing through Grootfontein.
A total of 88 construction jobs have so far been created though the project for the residents of the town.
Fillemon cautioned motorists entering Grootfontein from all directions to observe the road signs leading to the temporary exit street roads.