31 Oct 2013 22:29pm
ONGWEDIVA, 31 OCT (NAMPA) Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina on Thursday officially inaugurated the newly rehabilitated and reconstructed Ongwediva and Okandjengedi bridges.
Located on the Main Road 92 (MR92) between Ongwediva and Oshakati in the Oshana Region, the two bridges were rehabilitated at a cost of N.dollars 80 million.
The rehabilitation and reconstruction works on the bridges, including the development of the Ongwediva-Oshakati Main Road into a four-way carriage, took place over the past 16 months.
Assessment done a few years ago on the bridges and culverts on the roads across the country by the Roads Authority (RA) recommended the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridges due to their ageing status and flood-flow threat.
The bridges are now widened and also include spaces for pedestrians and motorists.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Nghimtina said the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the two bridges, as well as the widening of the Ongwediva-Oshakati Main Road, was about addressing traffic congestion.
According to Nghimtina, it was also about promoting safety, reducing travelling time and extension of the bridges to able to ease the flow of high volume of floodwater from the Cuvelai System in the part of the country.
The project is fully funded by the government to the tune of more than N.dollars 80 million and it was carried out by a Chinese construction firm called China Henan International Cooperation Group (CHICO).
Nghimtina told the gathering that some 10 local sub-contractors were involved in the project.
The completion of this project will see increased access to numerous businesses and reduction in traffic congestion during peak hours at Ongwediva and Oshakati towns.
Speaking at the same occasion, Governor of the Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa disclosed that the community in the region is further demanding the widening of the same road between Ondangwa and Ongwediva.
It is a genuine demand as that road faces increasing traffic congestion, Kashuupulwa stated.
A number of regional and local authority councilors and traditional leaders attended the inauguration of the two bridges.